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Solid State Logic 

SOUND VISION 



Duality SE 



Dperatdr's Manual 



Part Number: 82S6DUA20D 



Solid State Logic 

SOUND II VISION 



Begbroke, Oxford, England, OX5 1 RU • +44 (0)1865 842300 

320 West 46th Street, 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10036, USA • +1 (1) 212 315 1 1 1 1 
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Visit SSL at URL: http:/ / www.solidstatelogic.com 



© Solid State Logic 
All Rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions 

Duality, Solid State Logic and SSL are trademarks of Solid State Logic 

All other product names and trademarks are the property of their respective owners 

No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or 

by any means, whether mechanical or electronic, without the 

written permission of Solid State Logic, Oxford, England 



As research and development is a continual process, Solid State Logic reserves the right 
to change the features and specifications described herein without notice or obligation 

E&OE 



Introduction 



CDNTENTS 



Sectidn 1 : Introduction 

Section Contents I -i 

What is Duality SE? 1-1 

Design Concepts l-l 

Key Features Summary l-l 

Console Feature Summary l-l 

Exceptional Signal Processing 1-2 

Creative Versatility 1-2 

DAW Controller 1-2 

Controller Features Summary 1-3 

System Options 1-3 

About this manual 1-5 

Conventions Used IS 

Contacting Solid State Logic 1-5 

Sectidn 2: Console Operations 

Section Contents 2-i 

Section Index 2-iii 

Overview 2- 1 

An Introduction to Split Mode 2-2 

Routing and Signal Flow 2-2 

DAW I/O Labelling 2-2 

Channel Strip 2-3 

Introduction 2-3 

Channel Input Section 2-4 

Dynamics Section 2-5 

Filters 2-7 

Equaliser 2-7 

Insert 2-7 

Channel Output (CHOP) 2-8 

Signal Processor Routing 2-8 

Channel Sends 2-9 

Channel Pan 2-10 

D-pot and DAW Control 2- 1 1 

Channel Cut and Solo 2-11 

Channel Fader 2-11 

Fader Grouping 2-12 

Fader Links 2-12 

The Channel TFT Screen 2-14 



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The Centre Section 
Introduction 

Power Supply Indicators 
Central Routing Panel 
Main Output Functions 
Main Bus Compressor 
Master Fader 
Track E>us Master Controls 
Monitoring 

Cue/FX Send Master Controls 
Foldback and Headphone Outputs 
Stereo Return Channels 
Misc Options 
Communications 
Oscillator 

Mix Reassign Matrix 
Group Control Faders 
Centre Section Metering 
Setup Menu 



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Section 3: DAW Control 

Section Contents 

Section Index 

Introduction 

DAW Controller Features Summary 
Console Focus 
DAW Layers 

Connecting Duality to DAWs 

Connecting via physical MIDI ports 
Connecting via ipMIDI 

DAW Control Operations 
D-pots 

The Master Control Panel (HUI Mode) 
Channel Banking Controls 
DAW Window Buttons 
DAW Utility Buttons 
Modifier Buttons) 
The Default Button 

Channel Functions 
DAW Meters 
Channel Fader 
Channel Solo and Cut Panels 
Channel SEL Button — Record Ready I Editl Select 
Edit Mode 
Select Mode 
Working with the Channel D-pots 

Input, Output and Send Routing 

Viewing Input, Output and Send Routing 
Setting input, Output and Send Routing 



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Motion Control 3-27 

Basic Transport Controls 3-2 7 

Additional Transport Controls 3-2 7 

Other useful transport modes 3-28 

Setting Pre and Post Roll 3-28 

Setting start (In) and end (Out) Times 3-28 

Audition 3-28 

Footswitch Control 3-29 

Zoom, Navigation and Selection Modes 3-29 

ScrollingWithin a Window 3-30 

Shuttle/Scrub Wheel 3-30 

Numeric Keypad 3-3 1 

Plug-In Editor 3-33 

Plug-In Editor Display 3-33 

Plug-In Editor Controls 3-33 

Paging Buttons 3-33 

Selecting a DAW Channel for Plug-In Control 3-34 

TimecodelBars & Beats/Samples Display 3-34 

Plug-In Display Modes 3-34 

Viewing Current Inserts (Insert Mode) 3-34 

Assigning a Plug-In or Hardware I/O Insert (Assign Mode) 3-35 

Editing Plug-In Parameters (Parameter Mode) 3-35 

Soft Keys 3-37 

Automation Enables 3-37 

Automation Modes 3-37 

EditTools Menu 3-38 

Edit Modes Menu 3-38 

Status/Group Menu 3-38 

Function Keys 3-39 

EDIT Menu 3-39 

SSL Menu 3-39 

Working with DAW Automation 3-41 

Automation Enables 3-4 1 

Automation Modes 3-41 

TRIM Mode 3-41 

Automation Status Display 3-42 

Suspending Automation 3-42 

Writing Automation (Write to Start, End or All) 3-42 

Automating Cuts 3-43 

Automating Pans and Sends 3-43 

Automating Plug-Ins 3-43 

Mackie Control (MCU) Emulation 3-45 

Mackie Control Emulation Advantages 3-45 

Implementation 3-45 

Mackie Function Control Overview 3-47 

The Logic Template 3-48 

Nuendo/Cubase Template 3-50 

The Sonar Template 3-53 

Digital PerformerTemplate 3-55 



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Sectidn 4: 



Tdtal Recall 



Section Contents 

Section Index 

Overview 

Total Recall and Projects 

Working with Projects and Titles 
Saving a TR Setup 
Recalling a TR Setup 
Deleting a TR Setup 
Renaming TR Setups 

Total Recall Displays 

Resetting Controls 

Automatically Reset Controls 
Manually Reset Controls and Auto-Scan 

Copying and Swapping Settings 

Copying TR Setups to a DAW Folder 



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AUTDMATIDN 



Section Index 

Overview 

Key features 

Automation and Projects 

Working with Projects and Titles 

Automation in the Duality SE Remote 

Operation 

Activating the Automation System 

List Mix Menu 

Creating A New Mix Pass 

Mix Running 

Dedicated Automation Buttons 

Join and Revise 

Discard 

Updating a Mix Pass 

Protection Modes 

Switch Automation 

Automation Options 
Trim 

Trim Lock 
Motors Off 
Snap Mode 
AutoTakeover 
Offline Trim 
Copy and Swap 
Fader Links 

Saving Mix Passes to your DAW Project 
Automation Setup Options 

Pro Tools Setup Notes 



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Sectidn 6: Ldgictivity Remdte 

Section Contents 6-i 

Section Index 6-iii 

Introduction 6-1 

Configuring the Logictivity Remote 6- 1 

Installing the Browser 6- / 

A note on Java 6- 1 

Connecting Duality to the Computer 6- 1 

Projects Tab 6-3 

CopyingTitlesJotal Recall and Mix data between Projects 6-3 

Renaming Projects, 77t/es, Mixes or Total Recall Setups 6-3 

Backing up a Project 6-4 

Restoring a Project 6-4 

Mixes Tab 6-5 

Total Recall Tab 6-6 

Channel Tabs 6-7 

Externals Tab 6-8 

About Tab 6-9 

Sectidn 7: Block Diagrams 

Annotated Channel Layout 
Duality Channel Strip block diagram 
Annotated Centre Section Layout 
Duality Master Section Block Diagram 

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SOUND VISION 



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Intrdductidn 



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Sectidn Cdntents 

Section Cdntents 1 -i 

What is Duality SE? 1-1 

Design Concepts l-l 

Key Features Summary I - 1 

Console Feature Summary l-l 

Exceptional Signal Processing 1-2 

Creative Versatility 1-2 

DAW Controller I -2 

Controller Features Summary 1-3 

System Options 1-3 

About this manual 1 -5 

Conventions Used 1-5 

Contacting Solid State Logic I -5 



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SECTIDN 1: INTRDDUCTIDN 



What is Duality SE? 

Duality SE is an innovative combination of super analogue console and DAW controller from Solid State Logic. It 
draws on years of design experience, and incorporates industry standard features from SSL's range of large format 
music consoles. 

Design Concepts 

Duality SE combines technology from SSL's acclaimed music console, the XL 9000 K Series, along with new design 
concepts which faithfully recreate the overload characteristics of valve circuitry through the use of the new VHD 
preamp. It retains all of the sonic benefits of SuperAnalogue™ capacitor-free servo coupled circuitry, then adds 
variable harmonic colouration on a channel by channel basis, contained within a control surface which should be 
familiar to any recording engineer who has previously used SSL consoles. 

Key Features Summary 

Combined large format SSL console and DAW controller 

Legendary SuperAnalogue™ mic preamps and signal processing 

New VHD™ (Variable Harmonic Drive) preamp stage 

Comprehensive monitoring up to 5.1 surround with multiple loudspeaker support 

Direct control of DAW recording, editing and mixing functions from the console surface 

Flexible signal routing enhanced by the channel 'Split' function 

Logictivity Remote browser for session management 

Console Feature Summary 

• Integrated console, signal acquisition, signal processing, studio monitoring, bass management and DAW control 

• Advanced DAW control through a high resolution integrated TFT screen 

• Elegant, ergonomic design with a number of add on options 

• Innovative large fader dual-control of both DAW and console input path with follow fader metering 



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Exceptional Signal Processing 

Legendary SSL sound quality 

SuperAnalogue™ technology derived from SSL's acclaimed XL 9000 K Series console 

VHD™ Input Preamp 

DC Coupled for excellent low frequency response 

Balanced signal paths throughout ensuring maximum dynamic range 

Audio bandwidth exceeding that of 1 92kHz recorders 

Ultra low-noise dual impedance mic amps 

Channel EQ with twin-curve SSL E and G Series 4-band parametric equalisation 

Channel dynamics sections with gate, expander and compressor/limiter 

5.1 implementation of SSL's classic mix bus compressor 

Highly flexible signal processing order 

Creative Versatility 

• Hex mix bus design configurable as a 5. 1 bus or three stereo pairs (A, B, C) 

• 5.1, stereo or stereo down-mix main outputs 

• 24 track busses 

• 2 Stereo Cue plus four Aux busses on all channel modules, with EFX re-assign system to feed track busses 
and channel output 

• Wide range of solo modes including Solo-ln-Front 

• 4 stereo echo returns with full mix/foldback routing 

• Unrivalled studio monitoring section with comprehensive user options 

• Hi-visibility channel TFT screens for metering and optional Total Recall displays 

• 2 mainVU meters and phase meter 

• Comprehensive bus metering in the centre section 

DAW Controller 

Today's DAWs provide the power and convenience of recording and editing audio, but a keyboard and mouse is not 
the most intuitive way to access these controls. For most users, finding an integrated solution that answers all of 
their working needs is strongly desired. Duality SE achieves this to an extent and quality that has previously been 
unavailable. 



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Controller Features Summary 

Direct access to all major DAW mixing, editing and automation parameters via HUI and MCU protocols 

Direct control of plug-in settings 

Dedicated control processor to maximise console performance 

Integral colour TFT display with dedicated control keys 

High quality motorised faders to write/replay level moves in your DAW 

Simple switching between console layer and DAW control layer 

Full remote control implementation 

Operation independent of platform — works with Pro Tools™, Nuendo™, Logic Audio™, and others 

MIDI over Ethernet for enhanced control of two DAW systems 

System Dptions 

• Multi-operatorTotal Recall, including Autoscan, for accurate resetting of session parameters 

• Comprehensive automation based on SSL's legendary Ultimation, including switch automation 



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Abdut this manual 

This manual is divided into five main sections, and is designed to provide a comprehensive source of information 
for Duality SE console users.The table of contents will help you to familiarise yourself with the basic content of each 
section. If you are reading this from an electronic version of the manual, use the 'bookmark' feature to rapidly locate 
to virtually any topic. 

If you have not previously used an SSL console, you are advised to read the Duality SE overview at the start of Section 
2. Those of you who have experience of SSL's range of analogue consoles will have little difficulty getting to grips with 
the operation of this console's control surface; features that are specific to Duality SE are fully described in Section 
2. 

To set-up and configure the software interface between Duality SE and your chosen DAW, please study Section 3. 
This section also covers the DAW functions that you can usefully control from Duality SE's centre section. 

Finally, the last section in this manual is provided to hold useful appendices that you may be supplied with from time 
to time. 



Conventions Used 

Some typographical conventions have been used in this manual to help distinguish explanatory text from the text 
referring to console items. They are as follows: 

• Switch cap engravings on the console are usually in UPPERCASE (eg. SOLO). 

• Silk screened text on the console's control surface can be either UPPERCASE (eg. DYNAMICS), or lowercase 
bold (eg. auto), orTitlecase (eg.Talkback Mix). 

• Any text on the console's TFT screen is referred to in a Bold typeface. 

Items of note or cautions are shown in italic with lines above and underneath. 

• Whenever this manual mentions the selection or pressing of a button, it is assumed that the button was not 
active (ie. not lit), and that this action has made it active (ie. it has become lit). 

• Similarly, whenever the manual mentions the deselection of a button (or pressing it again), it is assumed that 
it was active before the action, and has become inactive due to this action. 

Contacting Solid State Logic 

If you cannot find the information you need on the pages of this manual, please refer to the Duality SE support pages 
at http:llwww.solidstatelogic.com 



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2-1 



Section Index 



2 = 111 



DVERVIEW 

An Introduction to Split Mode 
Routing and Signal Flow 
DAW I/O Labelling 



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Channel Strip 

Introduction 

Channel Input Section 

Dynamics Section 

Filters 

Equaliser 

Insert 

Channel Output (CHOP) 

Signal Processor Routing 

Channel Sends 

Channel Pan 

D-pot and DAW Control 

Channel Cut and Solo 

Channel Fader 

Fader Grouping 

Fader Links 

The Channel TFT Screen 



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Introduction 

Power Supply Indicators 

Central Routing Panel 

Main Output Functions 

Main Bus Compressor 

Master Fader 

Track Bus Master Controls 

Monitoring 

Cue/FX Send Master Controls 

Foldback and Headphone Outputs 

Stereo Return Channels 

Misc Options 

Communications 

Oscillator 

Mix Reassign Matrix 

Group Control Faders 

Centre Section Metering 

Setup Menu 



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Section Index 
a 

AFL 2-32 

B 

Bass Management 2-27 



Central Routing Panel 2-18 

Centre Section 2- 1 7 

CH (channel) control 2-4 

Channel Input 2-4 

Channel Output 2-8 

Channel Routing 2- 1 4, 2- 1 8 

Channel Sends 2-9 

Channel Strip 2-3 

Channel TFT Screen 2- 1 4 

Communications 2-36 

Compressor (Channel) 2-5 

Compressor (Main bus) 2-21 

Control groups 2-40 

Cue Stereo 2-9,2-33 

CUT button 2- 1 I 

D 

D-pot 2-3,2-11 

DAW Control 2- 1 , 2-3, 2- 1 I 

DAW Status Indicators 2-15 

DRIVE pot 2-4 

DRV IN button 2-4 

DYN box 2-5 

DYN IN button 2-5 

Dynamics 2-5 

E 

EDIT indicator 2-15 

EFX System 2-9 

EFXTOTRK 2-10,2-19 

Equaliser 2-7 

Expander 2-5 

External Source Selectors 2-25 

F 

Fader 2-11, 2-22 

Fader Grouping 2- 1 2, 2-40 

FILTtolNPbutton 2-4,2-7 

Filters 2-7 

Foldback 2-33,2-36 

FX Sends 2-9 



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Gate 2-5 

H 

H/P button 2-34 

Headphone outputs 2-34 

Hi-Z button 2-4 

I 

INPUT FLIP function 2-4, 2- 1 9 

Insert 2-7 

K 

KEY button 2-6 



Labelling (DAW I/O) 2-2 

LFE 2-39 

LINK button (dynamics) 2-6 

M 

Main Output Functions 2-20 
Metering 2-14,2-26,2-41 

Misc Options 2-35 

Mix Reassign Matrix 2-39 

Monitor Calibration 2-29 

Monitor Insert 2-26 

Monitor Options 2-27 

Monitoring 2-24 

D 

Oscillator 2-38 

P 

PAD button 2-4 

Pan 2-10 

PFL 2-32 

PK LED 2-5 

Power Supply Indicators 2-17 

R 

REC indicator 2-15 

RED LIGHT 2-36 



S/Ch LSTN button 2-6 

SEL button 2- 1 I 

SEL indicator 2-15 

SELECT button (Centre Section) 2- 1 8 



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select button (fader) 


2-18 


Setup Menu 


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Signal Processing Order 


2-14 


Signal Processor Routing 


2-8 


SOLO button 


2-11,2-24,2-32 


SOLO CLEAR 


2-24 


SOLO ISOLATE 


2-19,2-32 


Solo-ln-Front 


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SPLIT button 


2-8 


Split Mode 


2-2, 2-8 


SRC SEL button 


2-8 


Stereo Mix Matrix 


2-39 


Stereo Returns 


2-34 


T 




Talkback 


2-36 


TO S/ch button 


2-7 


Track Bus Master Controls 


2-23 


V 




Variable Harmonic Drive 


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SECTIDN 2: CDNSDLE DPERATIDNS 



DVERVIEW 



Duality SE is an evolutionary combination of analogue console and DAW controller from Solid State Logic. It draws 
on years of design experience, and incorporates industry standard features from SSL's range of large format music 
consoles. 

Duality SE combines technology from SSL's acclaimed music console, the XL 9000 K Series with new design concepts 
which faithfully recreate the overload characteristics of valve circuitry. It retains all of the sonic benefits of 
SuperAnalogue™ capacitorless servo coupled circuitry, then adds variable harmonic colouration on a channel by 
channel basis, contained within a control surface which will be familiar to any recording engineer who has previously 
used SSL consoles. 

The ubiquitous DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) has brought many benefits to audio production, including visual 
audio editing, integrated digital effects processing and convenient session storage and recall. However, although 
eminently flexible, DAW's present new challenges of integration within the studio environment today. 

Duality SE has been carefully designed with these requirements in mind. It addresses all the needs of current DAW 
production techniques in an integrated, high quality and robust design, coupled with all of the sonic benefits expected 
from a Solid State Logic console. 

SSL's extensive design experience has been utilised to create the ultimate capture path for up to 96 simultaneous 
inputs into the DAW, where recorded signals can be edited, processed and mixed via Duality SE's control surface. 
The signal paths can then be either summed internally within the DAW or returned to the analogue domain for 
further processing via Duality SE's channel path EQ and dynamics processors, before final summing via the console's 
balanced analogue mix bus architecture. With a comprehensive 5.1 monitoring section, audio can be auditioned 
with the highest possible audio integrity. 

A high resolution, digitally controlled gain element in each channel allows the motorised faders to be switched to 
control any DAW that supports the HUI or Mackie Control protocols, while retaining control of the analogue signal 
path. The faders and their associated channel-based rotary encoders (D-pots) provide direct control of DAW faders, 
pans, sends, plus input and output routing.The Master Control Panel and Duality SE's centre section screen give paged 
control of all plug-in parameters. 

In summary, Duality SE is a Complete Studio Solution for modern DAW based production environments. 



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An Intrdductidn to Split Mode 

The Duality SE channel strip is optimised for working in conjunction with a multichannel DAW as the primary 
recording medium. Instead of retaining the 'in-line' architecture of previous SSL consoles, a new 'Split Mode' mode 
topology has been introduced which provides the equivalent of in-line operation but without the cost and complexity 
of separate channel and monitor paths. 

In DAW-based productions, there is no longer the fixed track count limitation of conventional analogue or digital 
tape-based recording.This means that most sources are recorded individually to a track with or without processing 
as production requirements dictate, but without requiring constant access to a 'channel' fader.The Duality SE channel 
supports two input paths normally designated as the Channel Input and the DAW Monitor Return, with a single 
Channel Output as the DAW Send. The Split Mode architecture allows the input signal to be 'picked off' the channel 
path at the input stage, or pre fader, and replaced with the DAW return. The input signal automatically becomes the 
DAW send and the remaining section of the channel handles the DAW return. Toggling Split Mode on and off is the 
equivalent of the classic send/return (Group /Tape) monitoring.The console sends can select either the channel fader 
signal or the channel output signal as a source, offering the choice of zero-latency stereo cue and FX mixes, or post- 
DAW processed sends. 

Routing and Signal Fldw 

As you read through the following pages, you may find it useful to refer to the signal flow diagrams in the 
appendices section at the end of this manual. 

In order to understand signal flow through Duality SE's various operational modes, first we need to discuss how your 
DAW I/O unit is connected to the console. To take advantage of the sonic and control environment provided by 
Duality SE, it is recommended that each DAW output is returned individually to a Duality SE channel strip. 

For details of the physical location of Duality SE's inputs and outputs, please refer to the Duality SE Installation 
Manual. 

DAW I/O Labelling 

When using DAW routing with Duality SE, it is advisable to take time to sensibly label the inputs, outputs and busses 
within your DAW. Details on how to do this will be found in the documentation supplied with the DAW. Sensible 
labelling will make the task of performing routing via Duality SE's front panel a simple task, rather than relying on 
having to decipher long complex names often assigned by default to DAW channels. 

For example in a 48 I/O system, simply naming inputs and outputs ' I ' through '48', and busses 'b I ' through 'b48' will 
allow a simple differentiation between hardware I/O and internal DAW busses when using the console control 
surface. In some DAW systems, I/O paths can be grouped. In this case label stereo paths in pairs such as ' I -2', and 
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Pan 



Introduction 

Duality SE's Split Mode enables the channel processing to be easily applied to 
channel input signals feeding the DAW record path or to the DAW returns. This 
provides the equivalent of in-line operation but without the complexity of separate 
channel and monitor paths. 

Users who are familiar with SSL's range of in-line consoles will soon realise that the 
channel strip faders can control virtual faders on the workstation as well as the 
channel signal path, in many ways paralleling the large/small fader configuration of 
an in-line channel strip.This provides an alternative to Split Mode working, with the 
DAW console handling the functions of a monitor mixer. 

The channel supports two input connections, the Monitor Input which is 
normally sourced from the output of the DAW, and the Channel input which 
accepts variable level signals from a microphone, Dl box or other audio source. 
Three preamps are available for use with either input: a unity gain line level buffer 
which is normally assigned to the DAW return, and a pair of mic preamps sourced 
from the CHANNEL input XLR connector, one using SSL's Super Analogue direct 
coupled DC servo circuitry, and the other featuring SSL's proprietary VHD™ 
(Variable Harmonic Drive) valve emulation gain stage.The channel output can route 
to 24 Track Busses, any one of three stereo Main Mix Busses (A, B and C) or all 
the Main Mix Busses in 5.1 mode. 

In addition to two Cue Stereo sends and four mono FX Sends, a dedicated Direct 
Output (CH OP) is provided. Each channel has comprehensive routing for EQ and 
filter, dynamics, and insert send/return points. 

The channel strip can be divided into five distinct functional sections (See left): 

I.Channel input 

2. Dynamics 

3. EQ and filter 

4. Cue Stereo and FX outputs 

5. Channel output pan 

Note that a number of channel parameters are adjusted via the Central Routing 
Panel in the Centre Section, described later in this section.This panel is assigned 
to a channel by pressing the Select button at the base of the channel's fader. 

Beneath the channel strips is a panel containing the 'D-pot' for DAW output or 
channel level control.This area also houses cut and solo buttons for both fader and 
D-pot, and an electronic scribble strip. Finally, below the electronic scribble strip, 
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Above each bay of six channel strips, the TFT meter display provides a large range of useful information on a per- 
channel basis, including audio and dynamics metering, processing order, bus routing, automation bargraphs (optional) 
and Total Recall™ (optional). 

At your first introduction to the Duality SE console, you will immediately see that the channel strip controls are 
presented in reassuringly familiar manner.The following pages describe each control in detail, with brief coverage of 
the routing possibilities. See the start of this section for more on signal routing. 

In the following descriptions, the connectors referred to are on the rear of each channel module, unless 
stated otherwise. 



Channel Input Section 

This provides two external inputs, the first is a line level DAW return (D-connector),the other 
(XLR connector), is intended as a mic input but may be used for both mic or line inputs. 
Normally the Mic Input feeds the variable gain INPUT amplifier, and the DAW return feeds 
a unity gain line amp. However a centrally controlled INPUT FLIP function reverses the 
input routing so that the DAW return can be processed by the variable gain amplifier stage 
without the necessity for external patching. 

The variable gain amplifier features two completely independent preamp stages. Both have 
electronically balanced inputs with very different but complementary sonic qualities.The default 
preamp uses SSL's acclaimed Super Analogue circuitry to provide an extremely low noise, extended bandwidth front 
end with the minimum of signal colouration. Pressing the DRV IN button routes the input signal to a completely 
different preamp featuring the SSL-developed VHD™ (Variable Harmonic Drive) circuitry. VHD emulates the 
characteristics of a classic valve front end but with the option to tailor the harmonic mix when the preamp is 
overdriven by adjusting the DRIVE pot. In conjunction with the 24dB PAD and Hi-Z input impedance option, 
VHD can provide subtle valve style warmth to a mic signal or aggressive tonal shaping to existing DAW tracks. 
However, be aware that, due to differences in the mic amp topology, exact matching of gains is not possible. 

Note that many of the signal routing functions on a channel strip are also available on the central routing 
panel, and some are only available on the Central routing panel 

The post input stage CH (channel) control provides final ±20dB gain trim (for reducing the level when the input 
section is being abused for creative reasons) and polarity inversion (0), for the centrally selected channel source. 
Available input options are the output of the mic input preamp (MIC), the balanced line level DAW return (LINE), 
or the channel's associated track bus for patch free subgroups (BUS). In the latter case, the channel input is replaced 
by the output of one of the 24 Track Mix busses where Bus N feeds the input of Channel N, N+24, N+48 etc. 

FILT to INP locks the high and low pass filters to the channel source. +48V phantom power for mic inputs is 
selected on the Central Routing Panel. 

Note that selecting INPUT FLIP will automatically switch off phantom power in order to prevent 
damage to the output stage of connected equipment. 



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Dynamics Sectidn 

The Dynamics section contains a compressor section identical to that of the 9000K series 
and also found in SSL's X-Logic range of outboard processing units. In normal use, the 
compressor's true R.M.S. side chain and over-easy soft ratio function provide a very 
transparent compression action even with large amounts of gain reduction. The fast attack 
option offers the classic SSL compressor sound normally associated with its use on drum and 
percussion sources. Selecting Peak (PK) mode defeats the over-easy soft ratio, modifies the 
release curve and attack times, and unleashes a far more aggressive sounding compressor 
ideal for more radical sonic shaping. 

The Gate/Expander section is a new variant of SSL's classic 4000 series three-control design. 
It features the choice of a steep gate or gentle expander slope, with optional fast attack.The 
new 'Hold' (HOLD) option flips the variable release (REL) control to function as a variable 
hold-off time with a fixed release curve. 

The complete section is switched in or out of circuit using the DYN IN button (see also 
Central Routing Control).When the dynamics section is in circuit, the DYN box on the 
channel TFT display is highlighted. 

Individual controls act as follows: 




Compressor 

RATIO — When turned to 1:1, the compressor section is inactive. Turning the control clockwise increases the 
compression ratio until it reaches a true limit mode at the fully clockwise position. Pressing the RATIO knob 
switches the compressor to peak sensing, and replaces the 'over easy' characteristic with a hard knee, providing an 
alternative voicing for some instruments. The PK LED lights to indicate that this option has been selected. 

THRESHOLD — Whenever a signal exceeds the level set by this control, the compressor will start to act at the 
ratio set by the RATIO control. This control, in conjunction with the Ratio setting, provides automatic make-up 
gain, so as you lower the threshold and introduce more compression, the output level is increased, maintaining a 
consistent output level. 

RELEASE — Sets the time constant (speed) with which the compressor returns to normal gain settings once the 
signal has fallen below the compressor threshold. This control also incorporates a push-push switch which selects 
a very fast attack time as an alternative to the standard time constant. 



Gate/ Expander 

This section can act as a Gate or as a 2: 1 Expander when the RANGE pot is pressed.The EXP LED indicates that 

Expand mode has been selected. 

RANGE — Determines the depth of gating or expansion.When turned fully anticlockwise (Range = 0),the section 
is inactive. When turned fully clockwise, an attenuation range of 40dB can be obtained. 



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THRESHOLD — Variable hysteresis is incorporated in the Threshold circuitry. For any given 'open' setting, the 
Expander/Gate will have a lower 'close' threshold to prevent 'hunting' artifacts. The hysteresis value is automatically 
increased as theThreshold is lowered. This is very useful in music recording as it allows instruments to decay below 
the open threshold before gating or expansion takes place. 

REL/HOLD — This determines the time constant (speed), variable from 0.1-4 seconds, at which the 
Gate/Expander reduces the signal level once it has passed below the threshold. Note that this control interacts 
with the Range control. This control also incorporates a switch which, when pushed, provides a fast attack time 
( I OOus per 40db), instead of the normal linear attack time of 1 .5ms per 40dB.The attack time is the time taken for 
the Expander/Gate to 'recover' once the signal level is above the threshold. When gating signals with a steep rising 
edge, such as drums, a slow attack may effectively mask the initial THWACK, so you should be aware of this when 
selecting the appropriate attack time. 

HOLD — When this button is pressed, the release time is fixed at 150ms but the hold time can be varied between 
and 4 seconds by adjusting the REL/HOLD pot. 

The LINK button in the compressor section links the sidechain signal of that unit to the sidechain of the next 
dynamics section to the right. When two dynamics sections are linked, the control voltages of each section sum 
together, so that whichever section has the most gain reduction will control the other section. 

Don't try to link two gates using the LINK button when you want the signal on one to open the other. If you need 
to achieve this effect, take a keying signal from one section to trigger the other. The easiest way to do this is by 
patching from the insert send of the 'source' channel into the Key input (see below) of the 'destination' channel, and 
selecting the KEY button on this channel. 

The KEY button feeds whatever signal is present on a channel's Key input (D-connector) into the sidechain input 
of that channel's dynamics section. Pressing S/Ch LSTN routes the sidechain signal to the console's PFL bus. This 
simplifies the set up when either an external key input or the filters to side chain option is in use. 

POST EQ (not surprisingly) places the dynamics section post the EQ section (see also Central Dynamics 
Control below. 

Note that when the dynamics section is not in circuit, its sidechain input is also bypassed. 
Signal processing order is graphically displayed on the channel TFT screen 

Central Dynamics Control 

The centre section master routing panel replicates the dynamics POST EQ function for sweet spot control and 

multiple channel operation using the SELECT/TO range keys. 

Dynamics Section Metering 

The TFT screen above each bay of six channel strips is used to display a wide variety of relevant information. In its 
default Channel mode, as well as channel output metering (see later) a display of dynamics section gain processing 
is shown, in the form of two columns of indicators — yellow and red for the compressor, green for the gate/expander. 
See Channel Metering for more information. 



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Filters 

These comprise a 3rd Order l8dB/Octave high pass filter (HF) and a 2nd Order 
l2dB/Octave low pass filter (LF). Each filter is out of circuit when the control is fully 
anticlockwise. When the filter is in circuit, the FILTER box on the channel TFT display is 
highlighted. 



Normally, the filters follow the EQ section in the signal chain but the FILT to INP button in the input section of 
the channel strip places the filters directly after the channel input. This function is also available on the central 
routing panel. Pressing TO S/ch routes the filter section to the dynamics sidechain. 




Signal processing order is graphically displayed on the channel TFT screen 



Equaliser 

This is a four band parametric equaliser based on SSL's classic 'Black Knob' EQ, which was 
developed for the original SL4000E series console. Selecting the G-EQ button introduces 
steeper shelving curves with a controlled amount of undershoot at the turnover frequency, 
together with the classic gain/bandwidth interaction for the mid band sections that was a key 
characteristic of the original G-Series EQ. 

The individual bands function as follows: HF high frequency shelving equaliser switchable to 
fixed Q parametric (BELL); HMF high frequency parametric mid band equaliser; LMF low 
frequency parametric mid band equaliser; LF low frequency shelving equaliser switchable to 
fixed Q parametric (BELL). The EQ IN button (located next to the insert buttons) routes 
the channel signal through the EQ and filter section. When in circuit, the EQ box on the 
channel TFT display is highlighted. See also Central Routing Control. 

INSERT 

The INS IN button routes the channel signal via balanced insert send and return points, 
available on the rear of the console (D-connectors).The insert defaults to the channel input 
(post the input trim); POST cycles the insert position through two alternative 
locations in the processing path: post EQ or post Dynamics; the centre section 
master routing panel provides individual INS POST EQ and INS POST 
DYN buttons. When the insert is active, the INSERT box on the channel 
TFT is highlighted. 





Signal processing order is graphically displayed on the channel TFT screen 



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Channel Dutput (CHDP) 

The Channel Output (D-connector) is normally used to feed the DAW input. The default 
signal is a post channel fader feed, but the SRC SEL button can be used to select alternative 
sources: pre channel fader (pre the SPLIT point — see below), the channel input (also pre the 
SPLIT point), or an active EFX send (see below). Each selection is graphically displayed on the 
channel TFT screen (see Channel Metering for more information). When either the 
channel input or pre fader source is selected, the SPLIT button activates the Split Monitoring 
function and routes the DAW return into the channel signal path post the split point (see 
below). 



Use the associated AFL button to monitor the channel output source as you toggle through the options with the 
SRC SEL button.The central routing panel has single button selection of the four channel output sources: INPUT, 
PRE FADE, POST FADE and EFX. 




Split Mode 

When the channel output (DAW input) is sourced from either the channel input or pre the 
channel fader, the SPLIT button (at the top of the panning area for the channel strip) offers 
a new approach to in-line tracking on an analogue console by returning the DAW output 
back into the channel path just after the channel output pick off point. By using INPUT or 
PRE FADE as the channel output source, clean or processed signals are routed to the 
DAW input, with the option to use the remaining channel processing and routing to monitor 
the DAW return in the analogue domain. 




The effect of SPLIT is graphically illustrated on the channelTFT (see Channel Metering for more 
information). 

Note that SPLIT is disabled if CHOP is sourced from POST FADE or EFX, or if the Line Amp is 
selected as the channel input. 

Signal Processor Routing 

By now you will have realised that Duality SE features extremely flexible signal processor routing within each channel. 
In addition, the channel output (CHOP) can be sourced from a number of different points in the channel. 
Furthermore, the SPLIT function effectively offers two signal paths in one channel strip. A useful graphic display on 
the channel bay TFT (see Channel Metering) makes clear, at any time, the current arrangement for any channel. 



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Channel Sends 

Each channel has two stereo and four mono sends that can be used for a number of different purposes: headphone 
feeds, FX sends, etc. The stereo cues can also be used to provide an additional line input to the mix. 



Cue Stereo 

Normally, the stereo cue sources a pre channel fader signal, which routes to the console's Cue 
A bus. This in turn can be picked up in the centre section and used as a foldback source (see 
Cue/FX Master Controls). Press and hold down the SRC SEL button (at the base of 
the Channel Sends section) then press the stereo cue gain pot to toggle the source through 
post fader channel feed (POST), channel direct output (CHOP) or the unused channel 
input (ALT), as indicated by the LEDs adjacent to the stereo cue gain pot. 

The ALT selection is defined as whichever input is not assigned to the main channel path 
(when SPLIT mode is not active), and allows the stereo cue to be used as an additional 
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input. This makes it possible to configure channel strips as bus masters, with full processing, 

and to use the CUE ST level pot as a 'short fader' that controls the level of the ALT source 

(the MIC preamp), being sent to the track busses via the EFX system. Provided the Channel 

Output is fed pre fader to the DAW record input, the SPLIT monitor mode allows the Bus send to be monitored 

directly via the Channel fader feeding the main mix busses, or when SPLIT is active, to monitor the DAW return. 

Likewise, select the stereo cue output to Cue B by holding down the SET EFX/ CUE B button then pressing 
the stereo cue gain pot; this toggles the selection through Cue B, EFX and Cue A (off). 

Master controls for the Cue A and B busses can be found in the centre section. 

Pan your mono source across the stereo cue bus outputs with the LR pan control. The stereo cue send is turned 
on/off by means of a push-push switch mounted on the send level control. 

FX Sends 

The four mono FX Sends are normally sourced post channel fader.They may, however, be sourced from the channel 
output (CHOP) by pressing and holding down the SRC SEL button (at the base of the Channel Sends section) 
then pressing the required FXgain pot to toggle the selection on/off. 

Each FX level pot is fitted with a push-push on/off switch; 'on' is indicated by a LED beside the pot. Master controls 
for each FX bus can be found in the centre section. 

EFX System 

Selecting an FX output to the EFX system (press and hold the SET EFX/ CUE B button then press the required 
FX or Cue Stereo gain pot) allows a single send to be isolated from its associated bus and to be used as source for 
either the Track Busses (select EFX TO TRK on the centre section routing panel), or the channel output — 
CHOP (selected locally or on the centre section routing panel). This enables up to 24 additional independent 
effects send or headphone mixes to be easily generated. Logic interlocks prevent feedback paths by disallowing the 
EFX function on a send sourced from the channel output if EFX to channel output is active. 

Note that selecting EFX TO TRK changes the channel bus routing display from white to green. 



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Channel Pan 

At the bottom of the channel strip is a fully featured 5.1 panning section for both the Main 
Mix busses as well as the 24 Track Busses.With the most complete implementation found on 
any analogue console, the feature set includes a dedicated LFE send and a fully variable 'Focus' 
control to alter the phantom/hard centre mix for signals located in the front channels. 

The default arrangement is for stereo panning to three pairs of Main Mix busses — A, B and 

C.The 24 Track Busses normally pick up the mono post fader channel output. On the centre 

section routing panel, selecting PAN TO TRK routes the LR pan outputs to odd/even pairs 

of Track Busses. Selecting 5.1 PAN enables the full 6-channel panning options for both the Main Mix busses and 

the Track Busses, if PAN TO TRK is also selected. Local LEDs in each panning section indicate whether that 

channel has been selected to either of these two modes. When 5.1 panning is not enabled, only the LR (Left/Right) 

pan control is active. 

If the centre section function EFX TO TRK is selected, this replaces the normal feed to the Track Busses and 
defeats 5. 1 panning to the busses. 

The channel panning section features XY style 5.1 panning via LR (Left/Right) and FR (Front/Rear) controls with 
additional LFE and Focus functions. The LFE control feeds a variable amount of the channel output to a dedicated 
LFE (subwoofer) bus (see more on this in the Centre Section). 

The Focus control alters the proportion of input signal fed to the front Left/Right busses and the Centre bus, 
enabling channel signals to be focussed from a 'hard' centre, all the way through to a true phantom centre. As the 
Focus knob is rotated clockwise from the LR position, a centrally panned signal is progressively attenuated in the 
left and right busses, while the gain to the centre channel is increased.When fully clockwise, the LR pan pot becomes 
a three-channel discrete LCR panner. As the Focus control is returned to the LR position, variable amounts of 
divergence are introduced so that, at the 12 o'clock position, signal is present in the three front channels at equal 
level. As you continue to turn before 12 o'clock, the centre channel is then progressively reduced, leaving only the 
phantom (Left + Right) centre image at the fully anticlockwise position. 



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D-PDT AND DAW CDNTRDL 

Below the channel strips is a 8-wide panel containing a rotary encoder known as the D-pot, 
together with its integral momentary switch mounted on the encoder shaft.This is used to 
adjust the currently assigned DAW parameter or the analogue channel level; D-pot functions 
are assigned from the centre section, and indicated in the D-pot's associated two line display. 

The CUT and SOLO buttons above the encoder are used when the encoder is controlling 
the DAW or Duality SE channel gain. 

The electronic scribble strip displays the channel name, the name of a DAW track, selected 
DAW send, or I/O data according to the function currently assigned on the Master Control 
Panel (see Section 3). When the rotary control and the fader swap roles for gain control, 
entries in the scribble strip also flip. 

Note that on consoles manufactured before October 2009, the electronic scribble strip 
and the controls immediately above it are slightly different in appearance. 

The SEL button operates the DAW 'Selected Channel' function. This function can be re- 
assigned from the centre section, to track arm a selected DAW channel or assign the 'plug-in' 
editor (Pro Tools only). Tallies in the channel meter display Record Ready and Edit status 
regardless of whether the console is in 'DAW Focus Mode' (see Section 3 for more details). 



SOLO 



Channel Cut and Solo 

The CUT and SOLO buttons above the traditional scribble strip function in the normal 
way, providing muting and solo auditioning of channels. 



Channel Fader 

The 1 00mm moving fader controls the analogue channel, or assigned DAW track, or the 
DAW send level when the centre section 'flip' function is active (Pro Tools/HUI and MCU 
interfaced DAWs), plus Plug-In parameters when using a MCU compatible DAWThe required 
function is selected via the Master Control Panel (see Section 3 for details). 

The fader button, and associated LEDs are used in conjunction with the DAW automation 
(HUI interface only) or the optional Duality SE automation and 'multi-operator' Total Recall 
systems. The play and match buttons are used only with Duality SE automation. See 
Sections 4 and 5 for more details. 



The select button at the foot of the fader is used to select that channel to the central 
routing panel, and for fader grouping (see below). 



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Fader Grouping 

The console's centre section is fitted with eight group control faders.To assign channel faders to a group, simply press 
the select buttons of the channels you want to include in the group followed by the group button at the foot of 
the required group fader.The group display on each fader will reflect your choice (the fader in the illustration above 
is being controlled by group fader 2). 

Two modes of fader grouping are available -VCA and Servo: In Servo mode, moving the master fader will cause the 
slave faders to move. VCA mode grouping emulates a traditional non-moving fader grouping system — moving the 
group master changes the gain of the slaves but doesn't physically change the position of the slave faders. The gain 
equals the gain of the slave plus the gain of the master (in dB). Assigning a fader to aVCA group immediately changes 
the gain by the amount the master is displaced from OdB: assigning a fader to a Servo group leaves the channel gain 
un changed. 

This mode is defined in the SSL I Misc I Setup menu - see Group Control Faders for more details. 

Fader Links 

Fader Links are a useful method of ganging channels without the complexity of a Master/Slave style grouping system. 
With a Fader Link, any fader or non-latching switch operation can be applied to all the channels in the link. 

Faders retain any existing level offsets, provided no fader in the link reaches the upper or lower extremes of the 
fader scale. If any member of a link reaches the end of its physical travel, no member of the link can move beyond 
this point. To access Fader Links, press the Lnks soft key next to the Auto key. 

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To set up a new link, scroll to New Link and press the D-pot push switch. This will create a new entry in the list 
suffixed with a number.This entry will be automatically highlighted, and faders can be added to (or removed from) 
the link by pressing their fader status buttons (shown on the following page). Link numbers are shown in the fader 
scribble strip and the red fader status LEDS will indicate those faders in the currently selected link. 

While the Fader and CUT and SOLO switches are always included in Fader Linking, it is possible to exclude the 
remaining automated channel switches (Cue and FX on, Insert In, EQ In) from the Link: with a fader link highlighted 
in the Lnks page, press the ChSws softkey.When switches are included in the Link, switches linked is displayed 
after the fader link name on the screen (as shown for Link 2 above). 



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To adjust balance of a link, hold one fader whilst moving another.This automatically isolates the second fader from 
the link whilst the remaining faders continue to track the first fader touched. 

When the Links page is not active, pressing the SHOW LINKS button to the left of the Eyeconix button causes 
the Links to be displayed in the Scribble Strip. 

The SHOW LINKS button is automatically selected when the Links page is active. 

As far as the automation system is concerned (see Section5), switch and fader operations performed in one channel 
will cause that function in every channel in the link to go into Write. Links can be dissolved at any time, but all the 
automation data will still play out correctly. 



To edit any existing links, scroll to and select the link. Channels can be added 
or removed as described above. 

SuspdSel/SuspdAll 

Links can be globally or individually suspended at anytime. A link that is 

suspended will allow you to move all the faders in the link independently. If a 

link is highlighted, then the SuspdSel key will deactivate the selected link and 

'suspended' will be shown next to the link number. SuspdAII suspends all 

links in the list.The 'Motors Off' function automatically activates the SuspdAII 

function. 

Inverting Switch Links 

To invert the state of any switch in a link suspend the link, press the switch to 

toggle it to the opposite state, then re-enable the link. 

Deleting Links 

To delete a link, select and highlight it, then use the Delete and Confirm keys 




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The TFT screen fitted above each channel bay (see above) is normally used to display a number of channel related 
parameters for the six channels in that bay. When Total Recall is in use, the screen flips automatically to display the 
control positions for a single, selectable, channel (see Section 4 for more details). 

Channel Routing 

At the bottom of the channel display a clear indication is provided of each channel's routing to Main Mix busses A, 
B and C and the 24 Track busses. Note that the Mix Busses are colour coded, and this same coding is also utilised 
in the centre section. 

Signal Processing Drder 

The section above the routing indicators displays the order of channel processing for both signal paths in each 
channel (including the channel inputs, the channel fader and the channel output) as well as providing an indication 
of which processing element is actually in circuit. Once again, colour coding is used for ease of recognition. 

Channel Metering 

A single peak meter indicates either analogue channel signals or DAW levels, according to selection of the 
Console/DAW 'Focus' button (see Section 3 for more on this). The standard scale is +24dB for OdBFS (top of the 
scale). Other reference levels (+l8dBu,+20dBu,+22dBu) can be selected in the SSL/M\SC/SETUP menu. A peak 
hold option is available for channel and centre section meters via the centre section METERS setup menu. A 
legend below the Dynamics section indicators (see below) confirms the currently selected meter point for that 
channel, as set on the central routing. 



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In addition to the expected channel metering, two columns of five'LEDs' give an indication of channel gate/expander 
gain reduction (green 'LEDs') and compressor gain reduction (yellow and red 'LEDs'). 

DAW Status Indicators 

To the right of each channel meter are three indicators that provide feedback of the current DAW status of that 
channel. SEL confirms that channel is currently the 'selected channel'. REC indicates the Record Ready status of 
the associated DAW track, and EDIT shows if the DAW channel associated with that channel strip is currently 
assigned to the plug-in editor (Pro Tools only). See Section 3 for more details. Note that Record Ready and Edit status 
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The Centre Sectidn 
Introduction 

The console's centre section (see opposite) comprises four main areas: 

1. Centre section meter panel. 

2. Audio master control functions. 

3. TFT screen and panels dedicated to DAW control; automation controls; DAW transport controls. 

4. Group faders and master fader. To the right of this area is a trackball for DAW control. 

Once you have spent a few moments sitting at the console, you will find the Duality SE's centre section layout just 
as intuitive as its channel strip. 

The following pages cover all the analogue controls in the centre section. See Section 3 for details of the console's 
DAW control facilities. 



Power Supply Indicators 

Before we cover the more interesting features of the centre section, take a moment to acquaint yourself with the 
console's power supply indicators. If you suspect a hardware problem, and one of the LEDs described below is not 
lit, there may be a power supply fault.The LEDs, which display the current state of power rails within the console, 
are in the top left hand corner of the centre section, above the oscillator and talkback level controls. 

The ±15 Volt and the +4 Volt supplies are for analogue audio and logic circuitry respectively. The +12 Volt supply 
provides power for the faders and some relays. All LEDs should normally be illuminated, if not — try not to panic! 



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Central Rduting Panel 

In addition to the DAW transport controls and the console monitor 
pot, in day-to-day operation you will probably find you use this panel 
more than any other, so it's worth taking a few minutes to fully 
understand its capabilities. 

This panel provides access to channel routing, signal processing order, 
and other facilities, on single or multiple channels. Channels can be 
selected in a contiguous range or randomly across the console. 

Channels are selected to the panel by pressing the select button at the 
foot of each channel fader. The channel TFT meter will be outlined in 
green to indicate the selected channel. 

Normally the routing panel is 'off — ie all displays are blank. Pressing 
any channel select button, or the + and - buttons (on the panel) 
together, wakes the panel up with a single channel selected — this will 
be either the select button channel or the first channel of the previous 
selection. 

Single channels can be selected at any time by pressing the channel 
select buttons or using the +/- buttons.The currently selected channel 
will be shown in the left hand ('FROM') window.The right hand display 
will be blank. 

To select a range of channels, press the TO button when a FROM 
channel has been selected. Initially, the next consecutive channel will be 
displayed in the right hand 'TO' window and indicated on the channel 
meter display. To increment the range either use the +/- buttons, or 
press a second channel select button to select the highest channel in 
the range; the highest channel is shown in the TO window. 

Once a channel has been selected, The Central Routing Panel's 
SELECT button allows non contiguous arrays of channels to be added 
or removed from the current selection.The SELECT button will flash 
when active and any channel can added or removed from the current 
selection via the select button on its fader. If SELECT is active the 
ALL button can be used to select all the console channels. 




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To deactivate the routing panel, press the + and - buttons simultaneously, or re-press the channel select button 
on the active channel, (if SELECT or TO are not active). 

Once a channel or range of channels has been selected, selections and changes made on the routing panel are made 
across all selected channels. If some functions are on and some are off on the selected channels, the lowest numbered 
channel in the selection sets the initial state. For example, you select channels 3 to 6. If channel 3 is assigned to a 
bus, then the first press on that bus routing button will deroute channels 3 to 6 from that bus. If channel 3 is not 
assigned to a bus, then the first press on that bus routing button will route channels 3 to 6 to that bus. 



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Having selected a channel, or range of channels, all the functions in the area above can be selected/deselected. 
Routing buttons I -24 and MIX A, MIX B, MIX C.are self explanatory, as should most of the buttons above. Note 
that changes made to the 'PROCESSING ORDER' are graphically indicated on the channel TFT displays. 



Items that may not be immediately obvious are as follows: 

+48V — phantom power may only be selected here, as can INPUT FLIP and the channel input source — 
'CHANNEL IN'. 

Note that selecting INPUT FLIP will automatically switch off phantom power. 

SOLO ISOLATE — Solo isolated channels will not be cut when other channels are soloed. Useful for FX returns. 

Solo-isolated channels can be set to automatically solo in AFL mode via the Isolated channels AFL 
on solo: option in the SSL I Misc I Setup menu. 

Note that the ISO button in the AFL/PFL menu allows a number of Solo Isolates to be set more easily, 
as described below. 

In the 'PAN MODE' section, INC ROUTE works in conjunction with the channel SELECT and TO functions, 
and provides incremental bus routing for a range of channels.The selected channels will be incrementally routed (or 
derouted if currently assigned) to consecutive busses starting from the first bus selected. 5.1 PAN enables 5.1 
panning mode. PAN TO TRK routes the output of the selected channel's pan to theTrack busses. Stereo panning 
is between odd/even pairs; 5. 1 panning divides the track busses into four 6-channel groups. EFX TO TRK replaces 
the channel feed to the Track busses with the active EFX send output. Stereo Cue EFX sends are automatically 
routed to odd/ even pairs. 

When SET AUX is selected, changes made to Cue Stereo and FX source and destination routing and On/Off state, 
on any of the selected channels, will be copied to all selected channels, allowing the quick set up of aux sends. Again, 
if some functions are on and some are off on the selected channels, the lowest numbered channel in the selection 
sets the initial state. 

SET and CLEAR provide an alternative way to set up routing. Press either SET or CLEAR, then select the 
function(s) you wish to turn on or off. Pressing the select button on any channel will set or clear the selected 
function(s). 

Pressing ALL when SET or CLEAR are selected will make the SET or CLEAR button flash. A second press on 
SET or CLEAR will make the assignment/de-assignment across all channels. 

UNDO undoes all changes since the routing panel was last made active. As a safety measure, it requires two presses 
to carry out the undo operation. On the first press, the UNDO button will flash, and a second press will cancel all 
routing and channel settings that have changed since the routing panel was first selected.To cancel and undo, deselect 
the routing panel by pressing the + and - buttons while the UNDO button is flashing. 



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Main Dutput Functions 

As you are probably aware by now, Duality SE features a 6-wide main mix bus that can be configured either to 
provide a full 5. 1 surround mix or three stereo mix busses. 



The six main mix busses are represented by three columns of indicators on 
this panel which, in turn, represent three independent stereo pairs, MIX A, 
MIX B and MIX C. Functions are assigned to these busses using the 
dedicated row keys on the right of the matrix, in conjunction with the mix 
select keys at the base of the matrix columns. 

Each pair of busses has a switchable INSERT point with the option to be 
placed pre (default) or POST the main output level control (normally the 
master fader). 

So, for example, lets assume all your channels are routed to MIX A, and you 
want to insert an external stereo compressor on that bus. Press and hold the 
button at the foot of the MIX A column and then press the button to the 
right of the INSERT row; the associated INSERT indicator will light. 
Additional facilities described below are assigned in a similar manner. 



SUM mode allows the insert return to be summed with the main signal path. 

COMP assigns the master on-board compressor to the selected bus(ses). 

This functions as single stereo unit inserted on a chosen stereo bus or as a 

5.1 compressor when in 5.1 mode (see below). The single master FADER is 

assigned to individual stereo mix stems or as a 5.1 master fader in 5.1 mode. The fader can control the same level 

of all three stereo busses simultaneously but can only set the level for one bus at a time. If not fader-controlled, the 

main output level will be set at the last set level. Maximum gain is OdB or + 1 OdB if the + 1 OdB function is selected. 

This again can be set either on individual stereo busses or globally for 5. 1 mixes. 

The TO A function for MIX B and MIX C enable those busses to be folded down and added to MIX A.The 
output of each stereo mix bus can be individually monitored (confidence-checked) by selecting the AFL function. 

All the above assumes you are working in 'stereo' mode. If you select the 5.1 MIX button at the foot of the matrix, 
the MIX A, B and C assignment buttons function as a group. For example, if you select the COMP (compressor,) 
it will be automatically assigned to all six busses (as indicated by the matrix COMP indicators). Selecting the 5.1 
MIX button puts the matrix into 5.1 mode regardless of the state of the 5.1 PAN button on the Central 
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Main Bus Compressor 

Using the same classic design as found on the original SL4000 series 
console, the main bus compressor can be used as a single stereo unit or 
as a master 5. 1 compressor.The compressor is assigned either to one of 
the Mix A, B, C busses or the 5.1 mix bus via the main bus select matrix 
(see previous page). 

The 'soft' knee point of the compressor, ie. the level at which compression 
start to take place, is set by the THRESHOLD control (± 20dB).This 
is intentionally designed to change depending on the setting of the 
RATIO control; decreasing the RATIO setting lowers the effective 
threshold, hence maintaining the perceived 'loudness' of the compressed 
signal.The RATIO switch has six settings, 1 .5: 1 , 2: 1 , 3: 1 , 4: 1 , 5: 1 and 1 0: 1 . 
ATTACK time is switchable in six steps between 0.1 and 30 ms, and 
the RELEASE time is selectable between 0.1 and 1.2 seconds in five 
steps. The AUTO release selection adjusts the release time according 
to the signal envelope. 

The gain MAKE-UP simply acts as a level control to compensate for the 
lowered level that is a consequence of compressing the signal.This control 
may be set so as not to change the overall output level when the 
compressor is switched in. The meter indicates dBs of gain reduction. 



In 5.1 mode, two buttons, SRND TO S/C and LFE TO S/C 

determine whether the surround and LFE channels contribute to the side chain, or not.A further button, S/C £, 
defeats the normal 'loudest-bus-in-the-mix' side chain operation and substitutes a summing mode so that the gain 
reduction is proportional to the soundfield energy as opposed to the loudest individual signal. 




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Master Fader 

The master fader can be selected to control the stereo Mix A, B, C busses or the 5.1 mix 
bus via the main bus select matrix (see previous page). The fader can control the level of all 
three stereo busses simultaneously but can only set the level for one bus at a time.The fader 
uses a 36-bit, Hi-Resolution MDAC. 

The fader is provided with two scales. The one on the left is the normal scale; the one on 
the right is for use with the + lOdB function selected via the main bus select matrix (see 
previous page). 

The automation status button and LEDs fitted on this fader are used with the optional 
automation system. 

Following the injection of talkback and tone (see later), the main output busses feed 
D-connectors on the centre section connector panel. 

All the main mix busses are provided with LCD metering above the centre section. In 
addition, the stereo Mix A bus can be metered on the centre section VU meters. 




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Track Bus Master Cdntrdls 

The output level of the console's 24 mono Track busses is set by a group of rotary controls 
in the upper right of the centre section (see left). They all have lOdB of gain when turned fully 
clockwise; an indent at the '12 o'clock' position corresponds to OdB gain. Following level 
control, the bus outputs can be injected with tone (oscillator TRACK button) and talkback 
(talkback SLATE button) before being fed to a D-connector on the centre section connector 
panel. 

An AFL function (post tone and talkback inject) is provided for each bus.The AFL signal is 
intelligently assigned to left and right AFL busses. Selecting AFL on a single Track bus output 
will route signal to both left and right AFL busses. Selecting AFL on odd and even numbered 
Track bus outputs will route the odd numbered output to the left AFL bus and the even 
numbered output to the right AFL bus. 

A set of LCD bargraph meters in the centre section are dedicated to metering the bus 
outputs. 




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Monitoring 





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The large knob below the 'MONITOR LEVEL' display normally sets the level of the main control room monitors, 
according to the monitoring standard selected in the SSL / Misc / Setup menu - See Monitor Level Display 
and Calibrated listening level. The column of six buttons to the right enables this control to be used for the 
named alternative functions. 

You will be monitoring on whichever set of speakers is selected from the'LS SELECT group: the Main 5.1 speakers 
('Main A' — the default with no buttons selected), ALT 5.1 ('Main B'), MINI A or MINI B. 

The loudspeakers are fed from whatever source has been selected in the 'MON SRC group of buttons. The 
alternatives include the MIX A bus, the stereo downmix (STEREO MIX), and two external source selectors, 
EXT A and EXT B. Sources will be intercancelling unless the SUM button is selected. All sources to the 
monitoring are stereo except those brought in via the EXT A monitor source selector (see below). 

The STEREO button folds down the 5. 1 inputs to the monitor path via a 5-2 gain-compensated matrix (which also 
provides the Mon feed to the foldback outputs), and feeds the result to left and right monitor outputs. MONO 
can be selected with or without STEREO and sums the left and right monitor busses, feeding the result equally 
to the left and right monitor outputs. 

The button precedes the MONO button and reverses the phase of the left monitor feed, providing a quick way 
of checking for any phase anomalies in a stereo mix. If MONO is active, selecting the button allows the difference 
(L - R or the 'S' signal) to be monitored instead of the L + R sum. 

The SOLO button turns the monitor cut buttons (see below) into monitor solo buttons. The SOLO CLEAR 
button lights when any channel SOLO, S/Ch LSTN.AFL, or centre section AFL or MONITOR SOLO button 
is pressed. Press SOLO CLEAR to cancel any Solo/AFL/PFL function. 



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If either MINI A or MINI B 'LS SELECT' buttons are selected, the left and right monitor busses are fed to the 
corresponding stereo mini loudspeaker output. Mini level relative to the main monitors can be trimmed via the 
main monitor pot by selecting MINI in the group of buttons to the right of the monitor pot. When a Mini speaker 
output is selected, the 5-2 STEREO mix is automatically switched into the monitor circuit to deal with any 5.1 
sources present. 

The DIM button dims both main and mini loudspeaker outputs by a preset level. Set this level by selecting the 
DIM button to the right of the monitor pot and turning the main monitor pot. The Dim circuit is automatically 
activated when any of the following buttons are pressed: LISTEN, TB ALL, F/B A, F/B B, EXT T/B, 
Oscillator to TRACK or MIX. 

The CUT button cuts the monitor feeds to whichever set of monitors is selected. CUT is activated automatically 
by the SLATE talkback function. CUT and DIM can also be activated externally via the GPIO/Talkback connector. 

The six main monitor outputs can be muted individually with the L, C, R, LS, RS and LFE (sub) 'MONITOR 
MUTE/SOLO' buttons.These become monitor solo buttons by selecting the SOLO button in the'MON MODE' 
group (see above). 

All the monitor outputs are available for connection to amplifiers via the centre section connector panel. The two 
5. 1 outputs (Main and Alt) and the two Mini outputs feed two 25-way D-type connectors — 'MON A' and 'MON 
B';the two Mini outputs (Mini A and Mini B) also feed individual XLRs for left and right. 



External Source Selectors 

Two external monitor source selectors are provided. EXT A has four 5. 1 inputs. These may be fed by any source 
of six channels or less. The MIX selection provides an important fifth input to EXT A, which is used to monitor 
the 5.1 Main Mix bus when mixing in 5.1 mode. 

EXT B is a 2-channel selector that may receive up to four stereo sources. In either case, sources may be summed 
together; this is particularly useful for generating complex foldback mixes or when stem mixing, as it allows the 
recorded stems to be monitored together with the current mix. 

To select an external monitor source, first press either the EXT A or EXT B button , choose a source from those 
shown in the display, and then press the soft key under that source (or first press the key under SUM to sum 
selected sources). Finally, route the external source(s) to the monitors by pressing EXT A or EXT B in the 'MON 
SRC group of buttons. The LTR selection on EXT B provides monitoring for a surround encoder's LtRt output 
(see next page). 

Inputs to the external source selectors are connected via D-connectors (four for External A, one for External B) 
on the connector panel. 



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Mdnitdr Insert 

The External A selector output (ie. all 5.1 sources) is automatically routed via a 5.1 insert point to which an 
encoder/decoder system may be interfaced; this insert may be switched in/out of circuit using the Monitor Options 
INS function (see next page). The insert send and return appear on two 25-way D-type connectors on the centre 
section connector panel. The insert point also has connections for the two channel output from the encoder, and 
the two channel input to the decoder.These allow monitoring of the encoder output ('LtRt') signals and provide 
automatic routing of the External B selector outputs to the decoder inputs to enable encoded recordings to be 
played back through the decoder.The logic for this is as follows: 

• With no sources selected on External B, the encoder outputs are linked to the decoder inputs. 

• Selecting any source on External B will route the External B outputs to the decoder inputs. 

• Selecting EXT A and INS will monitor the insert return; if no source is selected on External B you will hear 
the External A signals through the encoder and decoder. If a source is selected then you will hear the decoded 
output of External B. 

• Selecting EXT B and INS and selecting a source on External B will monitor External B. 

• Selecting EXT B and INS with no source selected on External B will monitor the LtRt encoder outputs. 
The LTR soft button lights to show this. Note that LTR is selected by turning off all other External B 
sources. 

Monitor Metering 

A dedicated set of six LCD bargraphs above the centre section provide a constant indication of 'FOLLOW 
MONITOR' levels (ie. what you are currently listening to), plus a stereo meter for the SOLO/AFL bus and mono 
PFL levels. See later for more on meter options. The 'FOLLOW MONITOR' meter feeds are available via a 25-way 
D-type connector on the centre section connector panel, for use with external metering. 



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Monitor Options 

A wide range of monitor options are available via the soft keys and associated display on the monitor panel. Pressing 
the MONITOR OPTIONS button above the display produces the following choices; press the button below an 
entry to select that option. 




INS — Switches the encoder/decoder insert into the monitor path for use with 5. 1 monitor sources selected via 
the EXT B monitor selector. 

PFM — Routes the PFL signal to the Mini A or B loudspeakers. In this mode, PFL level is controlled by the PFL level 
control only — the Main and Mini monitor level controls have no effect. 

SRA — Both sets of Main speaker outputs are capable of handling six channels. If you are mixing in 5. 1 and the client 
turns up with an alternative set of 'front' (LCR) speakers only, the surround feeds may be locked to the Main 5.1 
(Main A) outputs by selecting the SRA ('Surround on A') function. This allows you to switch to the alternative LCR 
speakers, connected to the ALT 5.1 (Main B) output, and still maintain full surround monitoring. A further option 
(A2B — see next page) enables the subwoofer output to be included in this arrangement. 

LRA — Similar to the SRA function except that the LCR monitor feeds are locked to the Main A outputs but an 
alternative set of surround speakers may be selected by switching to the Main B output.This can be useful in rooms 
that work on both music, using full bandwidth separate surround speakers, and film using multiple lower powered 
surround speakers. 



Bass Management 

BASS — Selecting this option produces a further layer of bass management options (see following pages for options 

held under CAL): 




80H — Inserts a 7th order, 80Hz, low pass filter into the LFE monitor bus, to deal with listening to 5. 1 material 
that has a full range, unfiltered, LFE channel. 



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BMN — Turns on the Bass Management system. This is designed to extend the low frequency response of the 
monitoring system, and to simulate the 5.1 monitoring systems in TV and domestic environments. It inserts l2dB 
per octave, 80Hz high pass filters in the L, C, R, LS, RS monitor outputs, and feeds a pre high pass filter mono sum 
of these five outputs to an 80Hz, 24dB per octave, low pass filter, which is summed with the LFE monitor bus. Post 
this summing point, the combined signals feed via a 10Hz subsonic high pass filter before reaching the subwoofer 
monitor output.These are the default filter slopes. Internal circuit-board links (see Installation Guide for details) allow 
the links to be set to 1 2dB or 24dB per octave, and to select whether or not the surround channels are included. 

Note that this option is stored separately for each set of speaker outputs (like the loudspeaker level 
calibration), so it is possible to have Bass Management enabled on one set of speakers and not on others. 

LFO — Normally, the LFE bus level is increased by I OdB post the main monitor level control, as this is a requirement 
for DVD playback. If you are mixing for SACD, or any other format that requires unity gain on the LFE channel, select 
LFO to restore the LFE bus level to unity gain. 



NEXT — Produces a second layer of options: 



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A2B — Retains use of the main 5.1 subwoofer, even when you switch to the ALT 5.1 loudspeaker selection. 

BMA — Uses the Alt 5.1 subwoofer instead of the main subwoofer for bass management when MINI A is selected 
and BMN is on. 

BMB — Uses the Alt 5. 1 subwoofer instead of the main subwoofer for bass management when MINI B is selected 
and BMN is on. 

RTRN — Returns you to the top layer of the MONITOR OPTIONS selection. 



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Monitor Speaker Calibration 

The monitor calibration system enables the level of any loudspeaker connected to Duality SE to be trimmed by 
± I Odb. Note that, with the monitor gain at maximum, a trim level of + 1 OdB corresponds to unity gain through the 
monitor section. 

Do not attempt to carry out loudspeaker calibration unless you have access to accurately calibrated test 
equipment. 

Selecting CAL in the first layer of MONITOR OPTIONS produces the following options: 



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Turn on the console oscillator (OSC ON) and select the PINK ON button;the default level for the console's pink 
noise output is +4dBu RMS. Adjust using the Pink trim pot in the oscillator section if necessary. 

Set the monitor level control to the position you wish to correspond to the calibrated level. A level setting of 8.5 
will provide I OdB of additional gain in hand. 

Now select the required monitor system — Main 5.1, ALT 5.1, MINI A or MINI B. 

Select the CAL menu. Pressing either AL or AR or AC will send pink noise to the Left or Right or Centre 
loudspeakers respectively Adjust the level for the required SPL (eg. 85dBa C weighting, slow response, on a suitably 
calibrated dB meter), by turning the main monitor pot left or right from its initial position. 

Now work through the rest of the speakers (see below), checking before you calibrate the LFE output whether the 
LFO option (see previous page) is off or on. 

See /Monitor Level Display and Calibrated listening level for information regarding the 

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NEXT — selecting this in the first layer produces a second layer of calibration options: 




Selecting ALS or ARS or ALF allows you to trim the Left Surround, Right Surround or LFE channels respectively 
by ± I Odb, using the method described above. 

LFG — This stands for Low Frequency Gain and allows the gain of the contribution from the full bandwidth channels 
to the subwoofer output to be adjusted. Like all the speaker calibration settings it must be set for each set of 
speaker outputs (assuming Bass Management is in use). 

Having lined up the six main speakers, select LFG. In LFG mode all speakers are initially muted, and the six monitor 
cut buttons will light; uncut the left output, and with the bass management turned on (note that the BMN selection 
in the BASS menu is duplicated in the CAL menu), adjust the LFG gain for a flat low end response. Cut the left 
output, uncut the right output, and check this has a flat low end response. Repeat for all channels. Depending on how 
well matched the monitors are, you may have to adjust the LFG gain slightly. 

Note that when LFG is on, the LFE monitor output is always cut.This does not mute the actual subwoofer output, 
only the LFE signals feeding it.This ensures that you are only measuring the contribution from the Bass Management 
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Monitor Level Display and Calibrated listening level 
The SSL / Misc / Setup menu provides two additional options: 

Monitor Gain Display: Music (Off to 1 1) 

Film (Offto95dB) 

Gain (Off to OdB) 
Monitor Set CAL level is: 70 - 90 

Furthermore it is possible to change the Monitor Level pots resolution between 'Fine' and 'Large' in 'Music' or 
'Gain' modes by pushing down on the pot.The display above it will show which mode it is in. 'Fine' mode makes 
adjustments in 0. 1 dB steps while 'Large' mode adjusts the value in 0.5dB steps. 

When working in 'Film' mode pushing down on the Level pot will adjust the monitor volume to the user defined 
calibrated level selected in the SSL / Misc / Setup menu. Normal selection here would be the international 
recognized 85dB but it is possible to set a range from 70dB to 90dB. It is recommended that you use a SPL meter 
to calibrate your studios monitoring level to match that displayed on your Monitor Level display. 

Note that the monitor gain corresponding to +85dB SPL can be set in the Monitor options I CAL 
page I by adjusting the main monitor level control to give an SPL of 85dE>, then pressing the 8SdB 
switch. 

Note that if you make a change to this value in the Setup menu while running in Calibrated mode this change will 
not be reflected until you come out of Calibrated mode and re-enter it. You can tell which mode you have switched 
into as it will display either 'Cal' for calibrated or'UCal' for uncalibrated. Bear in mind that switching to a calibrated 
level of 85dB may cause a significant increase in listening volume so take care not to damage your hearing and of 
course your loudspeaker monitoring system. 

The third option setting 'Gain' allows a range of volume level settings where the maximum value is OdB. All other 
values are reductions of this level through to 'OFF'. 



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SDLD / AFL / PFL 

The console's default solo mode is a destructive solo-in-place — soloing a channel cuts all other channels. The 
alternative solo modes — AFL, PFL and Solo-in-front are selected via the soft key display on the monitor control 
panel. Press the AFL/PFL button above the display to produce the following options: 



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AFL Pressing a channel SOLO button routes the post channel pan signal, via the stereo AFL bus and the 

AFL level control, to the currently selected monitor speakers. 

PFL Pressing a channel SOLO button routes a mono pre-fade signal, via the PFL bus and the PFL level 

control, to the left and right Main monitor speakers. Optionally, PFL signals may be fed to the Mini 
loudspeakers — see PFM in Monitor Options. 

SIF (Solo-ln-Front) Pressing a channel SOLO button routes a mix of the AFL signal and the selected left 

and right monitor sources to the monitor outputs.The SIF level control (select the SIF button to the 
right of the main monitor pot and use the pot to set the level)) adjusts the balance between AFL 
signal and desk output. 

ISO To solo isolate a number of channels, select ISO, press the SOLO buttons on all channels to be 

isolated, then deselect ISO. The SOLO switches on isolated channels will flash. 

Solo-isolated channels can be set to automatically solo in AFL mode via the Isolated channels AFL 
on solo: option in the SSL I Misc I Setup menu. 

ALT Makes channel SOLO buttons intercancel with each other, so that soloing one channel will clear any 

other solo selections. 

MOM This option makes all the channel SOLO buttons momentary. 

Note that ALT and MOM do not affect the operation of centre section AFL and SOLO functions 

Solo.AFL and PFL signals are all metered on the centre section SOLO meter. See Centre Section Metering 

for more information. 

When auditioning signals which are low in the mix, it is possible to boost the solo bus signal level by up to I OdB via 
the Solo Gain boost: option in the SSL / Misc / Setup menu. 

Note that this boost is applied at the final output stage of the signal and is not reflected in the Solo 
meters. If insufficient headroom is available, less gain will be applied. 



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Cue/FX Send Master Cdntrdls 

Each channel is fitted with two Cue Stereo and four mono FX sends for use as foldback, 
feeds to effects devices, etc. The Cue Stereo outputs from each channel may be routed to 
one of two busses — Stereo Cue A or Stereo Cue B. FX 1-4 feed their respective busses. 

The master output level controls for these busses (in the top right of the centre section — 
see left) all have I OdB of gain when turned fully clockwise, and an indent at the ' 1 2 o'clock' 
position, which corresponds to OdB gain. 

An AFL button is provided for each output. The AFL signal is intelligently assigned to left 
and right AFL busses. Selecting AFL on a single FX output will route signal to both left and 
right AFL busses. Selecting AFL on odd and even numbered FX outputs will route the odd 
numbered output to the left AFL bus and the even numbered output to the right AFL bus. 

The two Cue Stereo and four mono FX outputs are available to external devices via a 
D-connector on the centre section connector panel. The Cue outputs are also available as 
sources to the Foldback outputs (see below). 

A dedicated set of LCD bargraphs just above the master controls provides metering of the 
Stereo Cue A, Stereo Cue B and FX busses (see Centre Section Metering). 



Foldback and Headphdne Dutputs 

The console provides three stereo outputs — Foldback A and B, intended for use in the 
studio for headphones or LS playback, plus a stereo headphone feed for control room use; 
a socket for this is provided beneath the buffer rail in the centre section. The foldback 
outputs feed 1/4" jacks on the centre section connector panel, from where they may be 
connected to amplifier inputs. 

The master controls for FoldbackA and B are provided by two identical sections fitted just 
below the main output compressor (see left — only Foldback B shown). 

Each output has a dedicated LEVEL control, CUT, AFL, and six source selector buttons 
with associated level controls: 

The MIX I pot controls the contribution of Main stereo mix bus A (MIX A) and/or the 
output of Cue Stereo A (CUE A), to the foldback mix. 

The MIX 2 pot controls the contribution of the stereo downmix signal (ST MIX) and/or 
the output of Cue Stereo B (CUE B),to the foldback mix. 





In addition, the stereo Main monitor output (ST MON) and the output of External Source Selector B (EXT B) 
may be selected as sources. 

Dedicated F/B A and F/B B talkback buttons are used to add talkback to the foldback outputs. 

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A small area of the monitor control panel (see right) provides source selection (control 
room monitor and foldbacks) and a CUT function for the console's stereo headphone 
output. Note that the F/B A and F/B B signals are taken from before the foldback master 
level and EQ controls. 

The level of the headphone output is set using the H/P button to the right of the Main 
monitor pot, in conjunction with the pot itself. 



Stereo Return Channels 

The console's four stereo return channels may be driven by the outputs of devices that have 
been fed from the corresponding mono FX busses. Alternatively, the returns may be used 
for any additional stereo input required for the mix. Inputs to the returns are interfaced to 
the console via a D-connector on the centre section connector panel. 

Four identical sets of controls are provided; the controls for Stereo Return I are shown on 
the right. Each return can be routed to the console's Main mix busses, with full control of 
level and panning. Default routing is post the CUT L and CUT R input cut switches to Mix 
A, B or C via the master LEVEL control. 

To route a Stereo Return to the required mix bus, enable the Central Routing Panel by 
pressing the + and - buttons simultaneously, then press and hold down the AFL/SEL 
button at the bottom of the Stereo Return. The Routing Panel display will change to read 
St 01,(02,03) and the MIX A, MIX B and MIX C buttons above can be used to assign 
the selected Stereo Return to the required bus(ses). 



The BALANCE pot provides a differential Left/Right gain trim for the stereo input signal. 

This is followed by a variable stereo WIDTH control, which can reduce the stereo image 

to a mono centre phantom point source. The MONO button sums the inputs and simultaneously alters the action 

of the BALANCE control to that of a conventional two channel pan pot.This is very useful when you are using a 

mono FX device, as it saves having to parallel the return inputs. 

For 5.1 work, selecting the FB PAN button causes the WIDTH control to act as a Front/Back pan pot. The 
FOCUS control progressively subtracts the front L R signals and re-routes the sum to the C (Centre) bus (Bus 3). 

Selecting the STEREO button defeats the surround panning options and provides switched routing via the central 
routing panel. Press and hold the AFL/SEL button on the return to activate the panel, and use the panel's routing 
buttons to select MIX A, B or C (or combination thereof). 

Return signal may also be fed independently, post the CUT L and CUT R input cut switches, to Foldback outputs 
A and B by selecting the FB A and/or FB B buttons and adjusting the STUDIO control. 




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Misc Options 

A number of useful options can be accessed via the MISC menu. Press the MISC button above the display to 
produce the following options: 




COdB Sets all channel faders to OdB. 

MOdB Sets all group master faders to OdB. 

IND When selected, pressing any fader's fader button will set that fader to OdB.The IND button flashes 

to indicate that it is active. 

OFF Moves all faders to -°°. 

UNDO Reverses the last action. 

Note that there is one level ofundo.The button lights to indicate that an 'undo' is available. 



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Communications 

A group of communications buttons (talkback etc.) are fitted below the 
central routing panel. A built-in talkback microphone and pots to set the 
level of TB to Foldback, Talkback Out (an external talkback 
feed), Slate level (talkback to Main Mix, Track bus and channel outputs) 
and an incoming Listen mic.are provided in the'Comms" section above 
the DAW control TFT screen (see right). 

Note that a gain control for the talkback mic preamp is provided on the 
connector panel adjacent to the external talkback output jack. If 
required, an external talkback mic may be connected to the console's 
talkback distribution circuitry via an XLR on the connector panel.When 
using this facility, turn the console mic preamp gain fully anticlockwise 
(off) if you no longer wish the inboard mic to contribute to the talkback 
system. 




Note also that, apart from SLATE, which cuts the monitors, all the 
following functions dim the monitors. All the buttons, apart from 
LISTEN and RED LIGHT, can be selected to be latching, 
momentary or to be inhibited in Play or Record - see opposite for 
details. 

SLATE — Interrupts the Main Mix and Track bus outputs with 
talkback. 







TB 
ALL 


1 LISTEN 
1 F ' BA II 


FfBB 




RED 
LIGHT 

EXT 

T.'B 





F/B A and F/B B — Adds (or optionally replaces) talkback to the associated foldback outputs after the level and 
cut controls. 

EXT T/B — Sends talkback to an external feed, available via a 1/4" jack on the connector panel. Level is adjusted 
using the Talkback Out pot (see above). 

TB ALL feeds talkback to the foldback sends and the external talkback output. 

LISTEN — Injects an external mic signal (connected via an XLR on the centre section connector panel) onto the 
Mini A loudspeaker set and dims the main loudspeakers. This button is latching (optionally inhibited in Play or 
Record); the level is adjusted using the Listen pot (see above). The mic is usually placed in the recording area.The 
circuitry features SSL's legendary listen mic compressor, the sound of which is much loved by many experienced SSL 
users, so the connector panel provides a post compressor output XLR — 'Listen Mic Out'. 

RED LIGHT — this provides an isolated contact closure for hooking up to a studio red light via an external relay 
box. 

The talkback button functions are all duplicated on aTalkbacklGPIO connector on the rear of the console, 
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The following options for the console's communications are located in the SSL / Misc / Setup menu: 

Talkback switches: This selects the operation of the talkback buttons: Momentary / Latching 

/Auto (Play) /Auto (Record). 

Listen switch: This selects the operation of the Listen buttons: Latching /Auto (Play) / 

Auto (Record). 

Red light switch: This selects the operation of the red light switch: Manual /Auto (Play) / 

Auto (Record). 

Note that for the Talkback switches and Listen switch options, 'Auto' inhibits the switch when the 
transport is in the status indicated. In the case of the red light, 'Auto' forces the red light on when the 
transport is in play + record. 

TB switches disable Listen: This allows the Listen function to be switched off when talkback is 

activated, thus avoiding feedback problems. 

TB to FB: (Sums / Replaces) When assigning talkback to foldbacks, this option 

defines whether talkback sums or replaces the normal foldback signal. 



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Oscillator 

The word oscillator is a slight misnomer in this case, as the console actually 
provides a comprehensive tone and pink noise generator! 

The 'Oscillator' section (see right), located just above the DAW control TFT 
screen, contains controls for frequency, level and routing of tone or pink noise 
to the Main Mix and Track bus outputs and to the monitor outputs for use in 
monitor calibration. 

OSC ON — Activates the oscillator output (surprise, surprise!). It's good 
practice to turn the oscillator off when recording, to prevent any accidental 
routing to desk outputs. 




PINK ON — Switches the output from tone to pink noise. Note that the pink noise level can only be adjusted 
using the Pink 'Cal' preset. 

The LEVEL control adjusts the level of the tone generator from -25dBu to +20dBu.When fully anticlockwise, a 
preset 'Cal' level is selected that can be calibrated using the multiturn preset located below the level control; a red 
LED lights to show when the level control is in the calibrated position. When OSC ON is selected, the rotary 
FREQ switch provides six preset frequencies. 

The oscillator may be routed to the Main MIX busses, the TRACK busses and the CHANNEL OUT 

(individually or simultaneously). 

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Mix Reassign Matrix 

This useful matrix, to the left of the main output compressor (see right), adds the selected 
mix(es), post output level control, to the six Main Mix busses.Three stereo mixes — stereo 
CUE A and CUE B, plus the output of the EXT B stereo monitor selector, can be 
reassigned to Main Mix busses I and 2 (Mix A).The 24 Track busses are split into four groups 
of 6, and are re-assigned in those groups to all of the Main Mix busses (busses I and 2 to 
Mix A, 3 and 4 to Mix B, 5 and 6 to Mix C, etc.). This provides up to four 5. 1 stems or four 
triple stereo bus sets. 

LFE Channel 

This section (see right) enables a low pass filter to be switched (LFE FILTER) into the LFE 
mix bus (Bus B Right) when working in surround. Two filter frequencies are provided — the 
default 120Hz filter or, when the 80Hz button is pressed, a 80Hz option. The filter slope 
is l2dB/Octave. 

Stereo Mix Matrix 

This matrix (see right) is used to sum the console's Main Mix busses, with two exclusive 

modes of operation. 

Firstly, the three rotary controls and their associated ON buttons act as a 5.1 to Stereo 
Downmix matrix to control the centre, surround and LFE contributions added to the 
original 5.1 front L and R channels. By default, the downmix is sourced from the Main Mix 
bus outputs, post processing and level control. INP PRE feeds the matrix directly from the 
busses' mix amps, thereby bypassing all processing. 

The MIX A, B and C buttons are used to select a second mode of operation, which 
provides a simple bus sum of the six Main Mix busses, when they are being used as three 
stereo pairs or stems. The summing is post processing and level control. In both cases, the 
resultant stereo mix has a master LEVEL trim and a separate pre level control insert point 
(INS). The insert return supports the 'Sum' option, as found on the Bus Select Matrix 
for Main Mix bus insert points. This mode is selected in the SSL/Misc/Setup menu, 
selected via the centre section TFT screen (see Setup Menu). 






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Group Control Faders 

The console centre section features eight control group master faders. 
Each group master fader may control a number of slave channel faders. 
Additionally, group master faders may control other group master 
faders. 

Two modes of fader grouping are available: VCA and Servo: In Servo 
mode, moving the master fader will cause the slave faders to move. 
VCA mode grouping emulates a traditional non-moving fader grouping 
system — moving the group master changes the gain of the slaves but 
doesn't physically change the position of the slave faders. The gain 
equals the gain of the slave plus the gain of the master (in dB). Assigning 
a fader to a group immediately changes the gain by the amount the 
master is displaced from OdB. The mode is defined by the Fader 
Grouping Mode: entry in the SSL / Misc / Setup menu. 

If you load a mix created in one grouping mode while the other 
grouping mode is active, the mix levels for playback will be 
automatically corrected for the current mode. 

When in Servo mode the Croup Lockout level: entry in 
the SSL I Misc I Setup menu allows you to set a group 
master level below which slave faders will not have their balance 
altered.The lockout level range is -35dB to -70dB or OFF. 

Unlike previous SSL analogue consoles, the servo grouping mode 
allows faders to be added to and removed from groups without 
changing levels. 

Note that you cannot switch modes during a mix! 







— Mi' 1 ! 



Group assignments may be stored as part of aTotal Recall (option) setup. 

Selecting channel faders to a group is simple — press the select buttons of the channels you want to include in 
the group then, in the centre section, press the group button at the foot of the required group fader (see right). 
The group display on each fader will reflect your choice. 

To assign a group master to be controlled by another group master, press the group button on the group master 
to be controlled (ie.the slave), and while keeping this button pressed, press the group button on the group master 
that will control the slave. Use the same procedure to deselect an assigned master from the slave group. 

Pressing the CUT button on a group master fader will have the same effect as pressing the CUT buttons on all 
the slave faders. The underlying state of these functions on slave faders can be changed while a group master CUT 
is active, but the group master CUT state can not be overridden by the local function. Group fader CUT buttons 
may be automated if the optional automation system is active. See Section 5 for more details. 

Similarly, when in SIF, AFL or PFL solo modes, pressing the SOLO button on a group master fader will have the 
same effect as pressing the SOLO buttons on all the slave faders. However, in default (solo-in-place) solo mode, 
group solos work slightly differently: pressing the SOLO button on a group master fader will result in all channels 
not in that group being cut.This means that pressing the SOLO button on a fader within that group will cause the 
other faders within the group to be muted, overriding the group SOLO button. 



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Centre Sectidn Metering 

The panel above the main centre section features LCD and analogue metering for the console's main and auxiliary 
outputs: 




On the left of the centre section meter bridge are six sets of LCD bargraphs. These are dedicated to the metering 
of (from left to right) the following busses: 



AL, AR, BL, BR, CL, CR MAIN MIX (L, R, C, LF, LS, RS when working in 5. 1 mode) 

L,RST MlX(downmix) 

L, R, C, LF, LS, RS FOLLOW MON (monitor) 

L, R SOLO.AFL, PFL bus 

L, RCUE A and CUE B 

1-4 FX SENDs 

I -24 Track BUSSES 



The standard scale is +24dB for OdBFS (top of the scale). Options for different OdBFS levels are available via the SSL 
/ Misc / Setup menu (see next page). 

To the right of the bargraphs are twoVU meters and a phasemeter.These meter the Left and Right outputs of three 
mix busses, as selected via the METERS menu (see next page). 



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Meter Dptidns 

Meter options are provided by soft key selections on the monitor panel; select the METERS button to produce 

the following selections: 




DAW Locks the channel meters to the DAW layers. 

Anl Locks the channel meters to the analogue channels. 

VU Toggles the feed to theVU meters between the following, as indicated above the VU meters: 

MON:The current Left and Right monitor outputs 

DMIX:The stereo downmix output level 

MIX A:The Main Mix A bus. 

Note that any AFL or SOLO selection will automatically cause the VU meters to meter the console's solo 
bus. 

PK Switches the meters to peak reading mode; peak readings are held for 3 seconds. 

HLD Select this to hold the peak readings indefinitely. 
CLR Press to clear the currently held peak readings. 



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Setup Menu 

The centre section TFT screen provides access to a setup menu that holds a number of useful console-related items. 
Select SSL followed by Misc and then Setup (see Section 3 if you are not familiar with the use of theTFTand its 
associated soft keys). 

To change a setting, use the left hand D-Pot to select the item, then press the D-Pot to enter adjustment mode.Turn 
the D-Pot to the desired setting and press it a second time to save the setting to non-volatile memory. 



The Setup options are as follows: 



Automation 
Glide frames 



Rollback threshold frames: 



In Mix show: 



Sets the ramp time in frames for the automation SNAP mode, (range 
- 255) 

Sets the number of consecutive frames that the system needs to see 
to determine if a Rollback has taken place. The range is 2 - 10; the 
default is 2 frames. Increase as required if a Rollback occurs when 
you stop the timecode master. 

When using the automation, you have a choice of what is displayed 
on the consoles channel scribble strips (and below the Group and 
Master fader levels in the Centre Section TFT screen). The choices 
are: 

Automation Mode: displays the status of the faders - Auto, Safe or 
Manual; 

Channel names in Mix running: displays the channel names once 
Execute is pressed in automation, 

Channel names: displays the channels names regardless. 

Sets the default automation mode at the start of an update mix 
(Replay /Absolute /Trim). 

Automated switches turn off on**: Select whether the off function of automatable switches is sent on 

the down-press or release of the button (Press / Release). 



Mix Update Mode: 



Grouping 

Fader Grouping Mode: 

Group Lockout level: 



Selects the fader grouping mode (Servo / VCA). (See Group 
Control Faders for more details). 

Set the group master level below which slave faders cannot have their 
balance altered (available in Servo grouping mode only). The lockout 
level range is -35dB to -70dB or OFF. 



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Talkback 

Talkback switches: 

Listen switch: 

Red light switch: 

TB switches disable Listen: 

TB to FB: 



Select the operation of the talkback buttons: Momentary / Latching 
/Auto (Play) /Auto (Record). 

Select the operation of the Listen buttons: Latching / Auto (Play) / 
Auto (Record). 

Select the operation of the Red Light switch: Manual / Auto (Play) / 
Auto (Record). 

This allows the Listen function to be switched off when talkback is 
activated, thus avoiding feedback problems. 

(Sums / Replaces) When assigning talkback to foldbacks, this option 
defines whether talkback sums with or replaces the normal foldback 
signal. 



See Communications for more details of these options 



Monitor section 
Monitor Gain Display: 



Monitor Set CAL level: 



The calibration of the main monitor Gain pot and display can be set 
to one of three industry-standard monitoring modes: Music (Off to 
11)/ Film (Off to 95dB) / Gain (Off to OdB) 

When in Film monitoring mode, the calibrated listening level can be 
adjusted: 70- 90 (dB). 



See Monitor Level Display and Calibrated listening level for more details of these options 



Solo Gain boost: 



Isolated channels AFL on solo: 



When auditioning signals which are low in the mix, it is possible to 
boost the solo bus signal level (Range: 0-1 OdB). 

Set solo-isolated channels to automatically solo in AFL (ON/OFF). 



Desk Setup 

Stereo Mix Insert Mode 



Input Cut Enable 



Analogue Meter Scaling 



This enables the stereo mix matrix 'SUM' option to be selected, 
where the insert return sums with the main signal path. Select 
REPLACE to disable this function. 

If set ON, the channel strip CUT button will cut prefade sends, ie. 
Aux and CHOP sends (ON / OFF). 

Set the analogue level corresponding to OdBfs on the console meters. 
(Range 18,20,22, 24 dBu). 



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DAW SETUP 

The next few items in the Setup menu are concerned with DAW interconnection, but are included here for 
completeness; see Section 3 for more details. Note that changes to any of these DAW settings will require a console 
reboot before they take effect: hold down the Restart softkey and press the Confirm softkey which appears to 
its right. 



Transport lock layer*: 



DAW I Jog wheel sends: 



MIDI connects via: 



DAW I: 



DAW 2* 



First physical channel DAW I: 



Channel Count DAW I: 



Select the master DAW layer for transport control between DAW 
I , DAW 2 or Off. 

Define the control data sent by the jog wheel for HUI DAWs. 
Options are Jog / Nudge (40 / 20 / 13/ 1 / 8 / 6 / 5 per revolution). 
When DAW 2 is HUI, there is a DAW 2 Jog wheel sends*: 

menu entry. 

Select the ports used for MIDI connections: MIDI Ports (the physical 
MIDI ports on the console) or Network (MIDI over Ethernet). 

Select from Protools HUI / Logic / Logic Handshake / Nuendo / 
Digital Performer / Sonar 

Select from Protools HUI / Logic / Logic Handshake / Nuendo / 
Digital Performer / Sonar / None 

Select the console channel number that is controlling the first track 
number on DAW I. When DAW 2 is assigned, there is a First 
physical channel DAW 2*: menu entry. 

Select the total number of channels dedicated to DAW control (8- 
48 in steps of 8). When DAW 2 is assigned, there is a Channel 
Count DAW 2*: menu entry. 



Single Layer*: 



Assign both DAWs to a single layer (ON/OFF). 



* Not displayed if MIDI connects via: MIDI Ports is selected. 

** Only displayed if the DualitySE software features have been enabled 



Desk settings 

Scribble Strip Brightness 

TFT Backlight Brightness 

Turn Off Display After 

Console Channel Count 



Use this to adjust the channel scribble strip brightness (range: 1-6) 

Use this to adjust the backlight level (range: I -8) 

Shuts off the TFT display after a predetermined time: 30 mins to 5 
hours in 30 minute increments. 

Should be set to the size of your console: 24, 48, 72 or 96.This setting 
determines the range of channels selected by the Central Routing 
Panel's ALL button. 



Note that TFT and scribble strip displays can each be turned off by turning the control pot clockwise 
(beyond 8 or 6) to 'Off'. 



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Section Cdntents 

Section Cdntents 3-i 

Sectidn Index 3-im 

Introduction 3-1 

DAW Controller Features Summary 3-1 

Console Focus 3-2 

DAW Layers 3-3 

Connecting Duality td DAWs 3-5 

Connecting via physical MIDI ports 3-6 

Connecting via ipMIDI 3-7 

DAW Control Operations 3-1 3 

D-pots 3-13 

The Master Control Panel (HUl Mode) 3-1 5 

Channel Banking Controls 3-15 

DAW Window Buttons 3-15 

DAW Utility Buttons 3- 1 6 

Modifier Buttons) 3-16 

The Default Button 3- 1 7 

Channel Functions 3-19 

DAW Meters 3- 1 9 

Channel Fader 3-19 

Channel Solo and Cut Panels 3-20 

Channel SEL Button — Record Ready/Edit/Select 3-21 

Edit Mode 3-21 

Select Mode 3-22 

Working with the Channel D-pots 3-22 

Input, Dutput and Send Routing 3-25 

Viewing Input, Output and Send Routing 3-25 

Setting input, Output and Send Routing 3-25 

Motion Control 3-27 

Basic Transport Controls 3-27 

Additional Transport Controls 3-27 

Other useful transport modes 3-28 

Setting Pre and Post Roll 3-28 

Setting start (In) and end (Out) Times 3-28 

Audition 3-28 

Footswitch Control 3-29 

Zoom, Navigation and Selection Modes 3-29 

Scrolling Within aWindow 3-30 

Shuttle/Scrub Wheel 3-30 

Numeric Keypad 3-3 I 



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Plug-In Editdr 3-33 

Plug-In Editor Display 3-33 

Plug-In Editor Controls 3-33 

Paging Buttons 3-33 

Selecting a DAW Channel for Plug-In Control 3-34 

Timecode/Bars & Beats/Samples Display 3-34 

Plug-In Display Modes 3-34 

Viewing Current Inserts (Insert Mode) 3-34 

Assigning a Plug-In or Hardware I/O Insert (Assign Mode) 3-35 

Editing Plug-In Parameters (Parameter Mode) 3-35 

Sdft Keys 3-37 

Automation Enables 3-37 

Automation Modes 3-37 

Edit Tools Menu 3-38 

Edit Modes Menu 3-38 

Status/Group Menu 3-38 

Function Keys 3-39 

EDIT Menu 3-39 

SSL Menu 3-39 

Working with DAW Automation 3-41 

Automation Enables 3-41 

Automation Modes 3-41 

TRIM Mode 3-41 

Automation Status Display 3-42 

Suspending Automation 3-42 

Writing Automation (Write to Start, End or All) 3-42 

Automating Cuts 3-43 

Automating Pans and Sends 3-43 

Automating Plug-Ins 3-43 

MACKIE CONTRDL (MCU) EMULATION 3-45 

Mackie Control Emulation Advantages 3-45 

Implementation 3-45 

Mackie Function Control Overview 3-47 

The Logic Template 3-48 

Nuendo/Cubase Template 3-50 

The Sonar Template 3-53 

Digital Performer Template 3-55 



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Section Index 




M 






Mackie Control 






Markers 


a 




Master Control Panel 


Audition 


3-28 


MCU 

Memory Locations 


C 




MIDI over Ethernet 


Channel Banking 


3-15 


MIDI ports 


Channel Count 


3-5 


Modifier Buttons 


Channel Mode 


3-22 


Motion Control 


Channel Select Button 


3-20 




Connecting DAWs 


3-5 


N 


Console Focus 


3-2 


Navigation mode 


CUT button 


3-20 


Nuendo 
Numeric Keypad 


D 






D-pots 


3-13,3-22,3-36 


P 


DAW Automation 


3-37,3-41 


Plug-In Editor 


DAW Channel Functions 


3-19 


Post-roll 


DAW Layers 


3-3 


Pre-roll 


DAW Meters 


3-19 


Pro Tools 


DAW Routing 


3-25 




DAW Utility Buttons 


3-16 


R 


DAW Window Buttons 


3-15 


Record Ready Mode 


Default Button 


3-17 


Record Safe 


Digital Perfomer 


3-7,3-55 


Record Status Indicators 


E 




5 


Edit Mode 


3-21 


Scribble Strip 


Edit Tools 


3-38 


Scrolling aWindow 


Ethernet 


3-7 


Scrub Mode 
Select Mode 


F 




Selection mode 


Fader Grouping 


3-19 


Send Mode 


Footswitch Control 


3-29 


Shuttle/Scrub Wheel 


Function Keys 


3-39 


Soft Keys 
SOLO 


1 




Solo Isolate 


In-line Mode 


3-2 


Sonar 


ipMIDI 


3-7 


SSL Menu 


J 




T 


Jog wheel 


3-5 


Transport control 
Transport lock 


L 




TRIM Mode 


Logic 


3-7,3-10,3-48 




Logic Handshake 


3-7,3-10 


Z 



3-45 
3-31 
3-15 
3-45 
3-31 
3-7 
3-6 
3-16 
3-27 



3-29 

3-7, 3-50 

3-31 



3-33 

3-28 

3-28 

3-7, 3-9 



3-21 
3-21 
3-19 



3-20 
3-30 
3-31 
3-22 
3-29 
3-23 
3-30 
3-37 
3-20 
3-20 
3-7,3-53 
3-39 



Zoom 



3-27 

3-7 

3-41 



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SECTIDN 3: DAW CDNTRDL 



INTRDDUCTIDN 

When connected to a Digital Audio Workstation that supports the HUI or Mackie Control Universal (MCU) control 
protocols, the Duality SE console becomes a powerful digital workstation control surface, giving direct access to the 
most important controls within the DAWThe console faders can be used to control the workstation faders and 
sends, the channel D-pots can be used to control pans, sends and I/O functions, and the Master Control Panel and 
plug-in controller provide easy access to a range of other parameters. 

Duality SE can connect to two DAWs simultaneously, enabling more complex multi-workstation sessions to be run 
without leaving the listening position. 

For an up to date list of compatible DAW applications please visit: http://www.solidstatelogic.com. This section of the 
manual is largely based on use with Digidesign's Pro Tools package, with supplementary pages for other packages, 
whose functionality will depend on their implementation of the HUI or MCU control protocols. 

Duality SE communicates with connected DAWs using MIDI ports - either MIDI over Ethernet (ipMIDI) or the 
physical MIDI ports located on the rear of the console. 

The console Installation Guide (see Section 8) details wiring and software installation for connecting via MIDI over 
Ethernet or conventional MIDI ports. 

DAW CDNTRDLLER FEATURES SUMMARY 

Direct access to all major DAW mixing, editing and automation parameters 

MIDI connections over Ethernet 

Direct control of plug-in settings 

Integral colourTFT display with dedicated control buttons 

High resolution rotary encoder (D-pot) on every channel provides control of DAW pans, sends and I/O 
routing, and for MCU compatible applications, Plug-ins and Instruments 

High quality motorised faders to write/replay level moves in your DAW 

Simple switching between console layer and DAW control layer 

Full remote control implementation 

Operation independent of platform or application 



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Console Focus 

The console can be selected to one of two important modes using the Console Focus button (8), located on the 
Master Control Panel.This switches the channel meters, faders, solo and cut buttons between control of the analogue 
signal path and the DAW. When the Console Focus button is illuminated, Duality SE is in 'Analogue Focus Mode'. 
When the Console Focus button is not illuminated, Duality SE is in 'DAW Focus Mode'. This section describes 
operation of the console in DAW Focus Mode. 

Note that channel meters can be locked to either the analogue or DAW metering via the METERS soft 
keys on the monitor panel: DAW locks the channel meters to the DAW layers, and Anl locks the channel 
meters to the analogue channels. 

Analogue Fdcus Mdde 

The channel faders control the channel audio output level for that fader. The channel meters indicate analogue 

input/output levels for that channel. The channel D-pots are available to control DAW parameters. 

DAW Fdcus Mdde 

The channel faders control DAW fader levels.The meters indicate DAW track levels.The channel D-pots are available 

to control other DAW functions such as pan or send level. 

Digital 'In-line' Mode 

When the console is in DAW Focus Mode, analogue level control can be assigned to the D-pots by pressing the 

CHANNEL button (I) on the Master Control Panel. 




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DAW Layers 

Duality SE can connect to two DAWs when connected using ipMIDI.and these are controlled from the two virtual 
'layers'. Control operations performed on the Duality SE control surface will then affect whichever DAW is assigned 
to the currently selected layer. 

To switch between the two DAW layers, press the DAW 2 button, located beneath the Eyeconix button in the 
Monitor Controls area of the Centre Section (see below). Alternatively, go to SSL / DAW and choose either 
DAW I or DAW2 to make it the currently selected layer. 



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Connecting Duality SE td DAWs 



Duality SE communicates with connected DAWs using MIDI ports - either MIDI over Ethernet (ipMIDI) or the 
physical MIDI ports located on the rear of the console. This is selected in SSL/Misc/Setup/MIDI connects via. 

A number of items in the SSL / Misc / Setup menu, accessed via the centre section TFT, are concerned with DAW 
interconnection. 

To change a setting, use the left hand D-Pot to select the item, then press the D-Pot to enter adjustment mode.Turn 
the D-Pot to the desired setting and press it a second time to save the setting to non-volatile memory. 

DAW I Jog wheel sends: Define the control data sent by the jog wheel for HUI DAWs. Options 

are Jog / Nudge (40 / 20 / 13/ 1 / 8 / 6 / 5 per revolution). 

First physical channel DAW I : Select the console channel number that is controlling the first DAW track 

number for DAW I. 

Channel Count DAW I : Select the total number of channels dedicated to DAW I control (8-48 

in steps of 8). If you change these figures, you will need to change the 
number of controllers assigned in the DAW. 

Note that these entries also exists for DAW 2 where applicable. 

Single Layer: Allows both DAWs to appear on different channel ranges within DAW 

layer I . Ensure that the channel range for DAW 2 starts after the range 
for DAW I . 

Note that changes to any of these settings will require a console reboot before they take effect: hold down the 
Restart softkey and press the Confirm softkey which appears to its right. 

Refer to your DAW manual for information on how to configure its software. Once configured and connected, 
communication with the DAW will be initialised, and the level of Duality SE's channel faders, rotary controls and 
master functions will be set to match the DAW controls (provided you are 'DAW Focus' mode). 



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Connecting via physical MIDI pdrts 

The Duality SE console has sixteen (eight in, eight out) MIDI ports on the rear panel of the console. Duality SE 
emulates multiple HUI or MCU controllers depending on the control surface support required by the layer's DAW. 

In the SSL / Misc / Setup menu, toggle the MIDI connects via: setting to MIDI Ports. Note that changing 
this setting will require a console reboot before they take effect: hold down the Restart softkey and press the 
Confirm softkey which appears to its right. 

Note that MIDI port 8 IN is used exclusively for MIC and MMC messages required by the console 
automation system; port 7 is currently unused. 

When MIDI connects via Network is selected the console's physical MIDI ports I and 2 are 
mapped to ipMIDI ports 15 and 16, in order to allow keyboards and other MIDI input devices with 
conventional MIDI connections to be connected via the network. 

Note also that when using these MIDI ports, only one DAW layer can be used. 

If the Duality SE console is not found, your DAW will inform you that a controller is not present. If MIDI 
communications fails on any bay, recheck the DAW configuration, MIDI connections and MIDI interface for correct 
operation. 

When using your DAW without the Duality SE console, you should remove Duality SE from the MIDI controllers 
section of your DAW (please see information specific to your DAW for this). 

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Connecting via ipMIDI 



For information regarding the configuration of network connections, please see the Duality SE Installation 
Manual. 

In the SSL / Misc / Setup menu, accessible via the centre section TFT, the following options should be selected. 

Toggle the MIDI connects via: setting to Network. Your console will now communicate with your workstation 
via Ethernet. 

Ensure that the DAW I option (workstation layer I) and DAW2 (workstation layer 2) are set to match your 
workstation or workstations if you are using the second layer: 

DAW I: Select from Pro Tools HUI / Logic / Logic Handshake / Nuendo / Digital Performer / Sonar 
DAW 2: Select from Pro Tools HUI / Logic / Logic Handshake / Nuendo / Digital Performer / Sonar / None 

The MCU protocol supports automatic detection of connected control surfaces. To enable this select 
Logic Handshake for the appropriate layer. Logic will then automatically detect Duality SE. If you select Logic 
Handshake on both layers then Logic will detect 1 2 control surfaces, which may not be what you want! The other 
protocols do not transmit handshaking messages. 

The DAW 2 switch toggles the front panel controls between the two DAWs. 

It is possible for both DAWs to appear on different channel ranges within DAW layer I To do this, ensure that the 
channel range for DAW 2 starts after the range for DAW I and toggle the Single Layer option to On. The 
DAW 2 button in the centre section will now switch centre section control between the two DAWs 

When using multiple DAWs, one DAW needs to be made the transport master, allowing the other DAWs transport 
controls to be locked to it via ReWire or MIDI timecode.To simplify operation in this mode the desk transport 
controls can be locked to one DAW regardless of which one is currently selected. This is done in the SSL / Misc 
/ Setup menu by toggling the Transport lock layer: option between OFF (the DAW on the currently selected 
layer will be controlled), DAW I (desk transport controls DAW I) or DAW 2 (desk transport controls DAW 
2). 

Note that changes to any of these settings will require a console reboot before they take effect: hold down the 
Restart softkey and press the Confirm softkey which appears to its right. 



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Setting ydur workstations) to communicate via ipMIDI 
The Duality SE software uses 16 virtual MIDI ports which are pre-assigned as follows: 



Port 


Layer 


Assignment 


Port 


Layer 


Assignment 


1 




Faders 1-8 


9 


2 


Faders 17-24 


2 




Faders 9-16 


10 


2 


Faders 25-32 


3 




Faders 17-24 


II 


2 


Faders 33-40 


4 




Faders 25-32 


12 


2 


Faders 4 1 -48 


5 




Faders 33-40 


13 


- 


Not Used 


6 




Faders 4 1 -48 


14 


- 


MTC/MMC input 


7 


2 


Faders 1-8 


15 


- 


Duality MIDI port 1 


8 


2 


Faders 9-16 


16 


- 


Duality MIDI port 2 



In addition to ipMiDI port 14, physical MIDI port 8 can be used for MTC input, allowing MTC to be 
connected from systems (such as RADAR) that do not support the ipMIDI driver. MTC should only be 
routed to one port at a time. 

The console's physical MIDI ports I and 2 are mapped to ipMIDI ports 15 and 16, in order to allow 
keyboards and other MIDI input devices with conventional MIDI connections to be connected via the 
network. 

To enable control of your workstation via HUI or MCU your workstation(s) must be configured to match the layer 
assigned within the console. This is done using the MIDI Controller configuration page of your workstation. The 
following pages show examples using Pro Tools 7 and Logic Pro 8. For other DAWs, please refer to the program's 
manual for details about configuring MIDI controllers. 



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Pro Tddls 1 

In the Setup menu, click on Peripherals and select the MIDI Controllers tab. Using MIDI controllers I, 2, 3 and 4, 

select HUl as the MIDI controllerType and assign the MIDI ports for this layer's DAW to the four MIDI controllers, 

as listed in the table above. If Pro Tools has been assigned to Layer I, the MIDI Controllers window should look like 

this: 



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To enable DAW Automation, set the MTC generator port in the Synchronization tab to ipMIDI port 14 (or Duality 
SE MIDI port 8 if you are using the console MIDI ports): 







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Also, set the MMC midi port in the Machine Control tab to ipMIDI port 14 (or Duality SE MIDI port 8 if you are 
using the console MIDI ports): 





















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Ldgic Prd B 

When Logic is assigned to one of the two layers a Mackie Control together with a Mackie Control Extender must 

be added to the Logic Pro Preferences/Control Surfaces Setup menu as shown below: 



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Duality SE Faders I -8 are mapped to the Mackie Control ports along with the Master Fader and workstation Control 
function switches. Duality SE Faders 9-48 are mapped to the Mackie Control Extender ports. The actual ipMIDI 
ports used will depend on which layer (or layers) Logic is assigned to. See the list of Duality SE MIDI port assignments 
for details. It is essential that the layout shown is followed. If the physical arrangement is reversed, then the Duality 
SE faders will not map correctly to the on-screen faders in Logic. A mximum of 48 faders (6 Mackie Controls ) can 
be configured on each layer. 

If the protocol is set to Logic Handshake, Logic should automatically detect the six virtual controllers which 
will be shown in the Logic Setup menu (as shown above), with the appropriate Duality SE ipMIDI ports assigned. If 
Logic fails to detect the control surfaces, then the controllers can be added manually via the New/Install menu and 
the appropriate MIDI Out port and Input assigned. As described above, normally only one layer should be set to Logic 
Handshake. 

Note that Logic may detect a MTCIMMC connections as a fourth virtual controller. 
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Note: Logic's Click and ports environment layer selects the SUM of all of the ipMIDI input ports as its default MCU 
control data source.This may lead to difficulties when using multiple DAW layers.To avoid Logic responding to MIDI 
messages intended for the other DAW layer, the Click and Port MIDI port mapping should be changed from SUM 
to individual direct MIDI port assignment.The example below shows Logic on DAW layer I: 




Preferences/Control Surfaces Setup menu: 

To enable DAW Automation, set the MMC midi port in File/Project Settings/Synchronisation/MIDI to ipMIDI port 

14 (or Duality SE MIDI port 8 if you are using the console MIDI ports): 



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DAW Cdntrdl Operations 




Plug-in 
Editor 



Master 
Control Panel 



Motion 
Controls 



Duality SE's faders, and its Solos and Cuts panels, can be switched between controlling the analogue audio signal path 
and the DAW by pressing the Console Focus button — see below.The Motion Controls, Master Control Panel and 
Plug-in Editor always control the DAW.The illustration above indicates those console elements that relate directly 
to a DAW in 'DAW Focus Mode'. 

D-PDTS 

Each channel has a continuous rotary control or'D-pot'The Plug-in Editor (HUI Mode only) has four D-pots for 
control of plug-in parameters. 



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The Master Cdntrdl Panel (HUI Mode) 



The Master Control Panel contains a mixture of master functions and modifier buttons for DAW control: 




Channel Banking Controls (6) 

Duality SE can have up to 96 touch sensitive moving faders. However, you can only have a maximum of 48 faders 
assigned to DAW control in HUI mode, and Pro Tools only supports 4 HUI controllers, giving a maximum of 32 
faders. If the DAW session has more tracks than this, Duality SE can 'bank flip' its faders to control any number of 
virtual faders within the DAW. 

To flip the console's faders to the next set of DAW faders, press the right bank button. To flip back to the previous 
set, press the left bank button. Any number of virtual faders can be controlled from Duality SE using the banking 
buttons. 

To scroll the faders one at a time, press the CHANNEL button (located between the two banking arrow buttons) 
followed by the left or right banking buttons; the CHANNEL button will light to indicate it is in 'Channel' mode. 
Press the CHANNEL button once more to switch back to 'Bank' mode. 

DAW Window Buttons (1 3) 

This group of buttons provides instant access to the various windows within the DAW. Press them once to display 
or hide the relevant menu: 



ALT 

STATUS 

TRANS 

MEM 

MIX and EDIT 



Opens or closes the floating window for the currently selected plug-in 

Opens or closes the Session Setup window 

Opens or closes the Transport window 

Opens or closes the Memory Locations window 

Bring that window to the foreground. The button lights to show the currently active 
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DAW Utility Buttdns (9) 

This group of four buttons provide shortcuts to useful functions on the DAW. 

SAVE will light when unsaved data is present. Pressing it once will cause the SAVE button to flash. A second press 
will save the Pro Tools session. Press ESC to cancel a pending save. 

The UNDO button will light if undo is available, and flash if redo is available. Press the UNDO button to undo the 
last function and press ALT + SHIFT + UNDO to redo the last function. 

ENTER duplicates the function of the ENTER key on the computer keyboard. 

ESC(ape) duplicates the function of the ESC key on the computer keyboard. 




Modifier Buttdns (1 D) 

These buttons modify the function of other buttons, and their practical use is detailed under the relevant topics in 
this section. For your information: 

OPTION typically changes the function of a single button to affect all similar buttons.Thus holding down OPTION 
and pressing a channel CUT button will cut all DAW channels. It is the direct equivalent of the Mac™ Command 
(Apple) key. 

SHIFT allows selection of multiple objects or controls. It is a direct equivalent of the computer keyboard shift key. 

ALT increases the resolution of rotary controls and inverts switch selections when held down. It is a direct 
equivalent of the Mac keyboard Option key. 

CTRL disengages grouping when held down. It is a direct equivalent of the Mac keyboard Ctrl key. 



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The Default Button (7) 

Faders, pans and sends can be reset to their default values using the DEFAULT button: 

Resetting Pans 

Select the PAN button on the Master Control Panel, and all Duality SE's D-pots become pan controls. Hold the 
DEFAULT button while pressing the D-pot on the channel you wish to reset. Hold down OPTION and press 
DEFAULT to perform a reset across all pans. 

Resetting Faders 

Hold the DEFAULT button while pressing the SEL (Select) button on the channel you wish to reset. Hold down 

OPTION and press DEFAULT to perform a reset across all faders. 

Resetting Sends 

Select the SEND button on the Master Control Panel. Turn the Master D-pot to scroll through the list of available 
sends. Hold the DEFAULT button while pressing the channel D-pot on the channel you want to reset. Hold down 
OPTION and press DEFAULT to perform a reset across all sends. 

Resetting Plug-ins 

Hold the DEFAULT button and press the Plug-In Editor COMPARE function. The plug-in default value is either 

the factory setting or user setting determined within the DAW. 



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Channel Functidns 

In DAW focus mode, the channel meters, faders and part or all of the Solo and Cuts panels control the DAW and 
display its status. 



DAW Meters 

In DAW focus mode, Duality SE's channel meters flip to a stereo mode to indicate the level of 
the DAW signal path. Mono tracks are displayed on the left meter only.When a signal reaches 
OdBFs, the corresponding OVL tally will light to indicate that the DAW signal level has 
clipped. 

The meters duplicate the function of meters within the DAW, and show the same information. 
They also follow DAW pre or post fader meter settings, as set within the DAW. 

OVL tallies can be reset using the Fl function in the Fkys soft key menu 

Status Indicators 

The meter shows the status of the corresponding DAW track. 

REC flashes when the track is in record ready and lights when the track is in record. 

EDIT indicates that the track is selected for editing with the plug-in controller. 




Multi-channel Metering (TDM Systems Dnly) 

Multi-channel metering can be displayed by pressing OPTION + SOLO on a selected multi-channel track.The next 
two stereo meters are used to show the additional information. Normal metering functionality resumes after 
deselecting the SOLO function. 



Channel Fader 

The channel fader can control any virtual DAW fader including Channel, Master, Auxiliary, 
MIDI tracks or Instrument tracks. The calibration of the fader will depend upon the DAW 
(please refer to your DAW manual for more details). Pressing ALT will display the gain of 
the DAW fader on the fader scribble strip when you move the fader. 

Fader Grouping 

Channel faders will follow any grouping enabled within the DAW. Faders can be disengaged 
from a fader group simply by holding down the CTRL button or by touching one fader in a 
group while adjusting another fader's level. Relative fader levels are maintained upon release 
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Channel Sold and Cut Panels 

Channel D-pdt 

Each channel has a continuous rotary control or D-pot.This can be used to control send levels 

and panning, and to assign input, output and send routing. See the following pages for more 

details. 

The D-pot includes a push switch that is used (depending on the centre section mode) to 
select sends to be pre or post fade, to mute sends and to confirm I/O selections. Again, see 
the following pages for more details. 

Sdlq and Cut Buttdns 

Two sets of SOLO and CUT buttons are provided on each channel. The upper set is 
associated with the signal path controlled by the channel D-pot, and the lower set with the 
signal path under fader control. Thus in Analogue Focus mode, and with CHANNEL mode 
selected, the lower set of buttons control the analogue path and the upper set control the 
DAW channels. Changing to DAW Focus reverses this. 




One easy way to tell if you are soloing a Duality SE or DAW channel is that channels cut by a Duality SE solo have 
a solid lit CUT button, and channels cut by a DAW solo have flashing CUT buttons. 

Holding down OPTION and pressing a channel SOLO/CUT button will select/deselect that function across all 
channels. If channels are already soloed, then this action will turn off all solo buttons, providing a quick way to clear 
solos. 

Sdlq Isdlate 

Holding down ALT and pressing a channel SOLO will put a channel into 'Solo Isolate' mode. This prevents that 

channel from being cut when a SOLO is activated on another channel. This is particularly useful for FX return 

tracks. 

Channel Select Buttdn 

The channel SEL button can function as a channel select button, a track record enable or a plug-in edit enable 

button, depending on the mode selected on the Master Control Panel. See over the page for more details. 

Scribble Strip Displays 

When a Duality SE channel fader is controlling a DAW fader level, the channel scribble strip will indicate a four 
character version of the DAW channel name. When controlling the analogue channel it displays the number of the 
fader, eg 'Fadr24' or the six character name entered from the Duality remote application. 

The scribble strip can also display other information such as: automation status, grouping information, monitor 
information, input/output routing, send routing, send pre/post information, fader level display, and pan position (see 
the following pages for details). An indication of the selected function is provided in these other modes — Pan.ASGN 
etc. 

Note that on consoles manufactured before October 2009, the electronic scribble strip and the controls 
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Channel SEL Buttdn — Record Ready/Edit/Select 

The function of the channel SEL button depends on the mode selected by the centre section RDY, EDIT and SEL 

buttons (5) on the Master Control Panel. 



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Record Ready Mode 

When RDY is selected, all the channel SEL buttons become Record Ready buttons. Pressing a channel SEL button 
puts that DAW track into Record Ready (provided that the DAW track has an input routed). The REC tally in the 
channel meter display flashes to show that the track is in ready. 

Ready All 

Track arming can be set or cleared across all channels by using the master RDY ALL button ( 1 2).This button flashes 

if any DAW tracks are in Record Ready. Pressing this button while it is flashing will clear all track arming. 

Recdrd Safe 

To put a DAW track into Record Safe (so it cannot be selected to Record Ready) hold down ALT and press the 

channel SEL button. Hold down ALT + OPTION then press any SEL button to select all tracks to Record Safe. 

Edit Mdde 

With the EDIT button selected, a channel SEL button can have a number of different functions: 

As long as the Master Control Panel BYPASS button is not selected, pressing a channel SEL button assigns the 
Plug-in Editor to that channel. The EDIT flag on that channel's meter display will light to confirm that this is the 
EDIT channel (see Plug-in Editor for more details). A double press on the SEL button will select the first plug- 
in on that channel for editing. Successive double presses will select the next plug-in on that channel. 

Selecting the BYPASS button (4) on the Master Control Panel changes the channel SEL buttons to BYPASS 
buttons. Pressing a channel SEL button will bypass all plug-ins on that channel. The channel meter display's EDIT 
flag will light to show that all plug-ins are bypassed. 

Note that due to changes in Pro Tools software this function is only available from the first 8 channels - to select 
plugins on other channels, use the mouse (or page the channel to faders 1-8). 



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Select Mode 

With the SEL button (5) on the Master Control Panel selected, all the console's channel SEL buttons become track 
select buttons. They perform the same function as clicking on a channel in the DAW screen display. 

A double click on a SEL button will open the channel naming pop-up for that channel. Multiple channels can be 
selected by holding down the SHIFT button while selecting further SEL buttons or by holding down the first SEL 
button you pressed while you select more channels. Note that this latter method only works within blocks of 
channels corresponding to a single HUI interface. 

Hold down OPTION and press any SEL button to select all channels. Hold down ALT and press any SEL button 
to invert the state of all select buttons. 




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Working with the Channel D-pdts 

The channel D-pots can control the DAW's channel pan, send (aux) levels and pan, routing assignment and analogue 
audio levels. Each D-pot also has a switch which is activated by pushing down on the D-pot. 

The channel D-pot function is selected on the Master Control Panel by the Master Send D-pot (2) and six associated 
buttons ( I ) and (3).The scribble strip above the channel D-pots shows which function is currently selected. A further 
two buttons (PRE/POST and MUTE) change the function of the D-pot push switches. 

Pan Mdde 

Select the PAN button on the Master Control Panel, and the channel D-pots become pan controls for the DAW. 

The D-pot scribble strip displays Pan. 

Pressing the PAN button a second time (it flashes in this mode) allows you to access a second pan control for stereo 
channels, according to the DAW configuration. The D-pot scribble strip displays Pan R in this mode. Press the 
PAN button again to return to normal pan mode. Holding down ALT displays a pan's numeric value on the channel 
scribble strip as you adjust the control. 

Channel Mdde 

Select the CHANNEL button on the Master Control Panel, and the channel D-pots control the analogue gain of 

the channel strip.The D-pot scribble strip will display the analogue fader number (eg Fadr I 2). 

Switching to Analogue Focus mode will swap the analogue gain and the DAW gain between D-pot and channel fader. 
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Send Mdde 

Select the SEND button on the Master Control Panel, and the D-pots become level controls for any sends or aux 

send levels within the DAW. 

The Master D-pot (2) selects which of the available sends (A-E or 1-5) is being controlled by the channel D-pots. 
The selected send is shown in the display window above the Master D-pot (and on the channel D-pot scribble 
strip). The channel scribble strips show the name of the currently selected send. Turning a channel D-pot will alter 
the level of the selected send from that channel. Holding down the ALT button allows you to make fine adjustments 
to the gain. See over the page on how to use faders to set send levels. 

Setting Sends Pre/Pdst Fader 

When working with sends it is useful to be able to flip a send between pre and post fader. If necessary, first select 
the PRE/POST button (4) on the Master Control Panel. Pushing a channel D-pot will now switch the selected 
send on that channel between pre and post.The green LED below the D-pot lights to show PRE is selected. 

To change mode on all channels, press and hold the Master Control Panel OPTION button then press any channel 
D-pot.AII channels will switch to pre or post. 

Muting a Send Dutput 

To mute a send output, select the MUTE button (4) on the Master Control Panel and push the channel D-pot.The 
LED below the channel D-pot will light to show the channel is muted. To mute or un-mute all channels, press and 
hold the OPTION button then press any channel D-pot. 

Flipping Send Levels td the Faders 

To flip send levels from the D-pots to the channel faders, press the Master D-pot (2) — hence Push to Flip! The 
channel faders now control send levels and the fader CUT button will mute a send. The channel D-pot controls 
panning on stereo sends. 

In this 'flipped' mode, PRE/POST mode is automatically selected for the D-pot switches, so pushing a D-pot will 
toggle the send pre/post on that channel. The LED below the D-pot lights to show PRE is selected. 

Note that the fader SOLO button will still solo the channel, not the send. 



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Input, Dutput and Send Routing 

The channel D-pots can also be used to assign signals to inputs, outputs and the aux sends of a DAW: 

Viewing Input, Dutput and Send Routing 

The input, output or send routing for all DAW channels can be displayed on the channel scribble strip by holding 
down the INPUT, OUTPUT or SEND button (3) on the Master Control Panel and using the Master D-pot to 
select which of the available sends you wish to display. 

Setting input, Dutput and Send Rduting 

To make or change an input, output or send assignment: 

I . Select ASSIGN + INPUT or OUTPUT or SEND (3) on the Master Control Panel. 
When using SEND, use the Master D-pot to select the send you wish to change 

1. The D-pot scribble strip will now read ASGN and the fader scribble strip will indicate the current routing 
for the DAW channel. 

3. Turn a channel D-pot to scroll through a list of available DAW inputs or outputs (names are derived from 
the DAW I/O settings, not Duality SE).The list will appear in the channel scribble strip.The LED below the 
D-pot will flash. 

4. Push the D-pot knob to select the current assignment; the LED will become solid and a'>' symbol will appear 
in front of the assigned signal (for example, '>Out3-4'). 

5. Press the ASSIGN button once more to exit assign mode. This will also commit any changes you have 
made, that have not been confirmed by pressing the D-pot. 

6. Pressing ESC at any time will abort the assignment process. 

Assigning Signals to Multiple Channels 

Holding down OPTION then pressing any channel D-pot will assign that channel's input to all channels. Holding 
down SHIFT + OPTION will assign that channel's input to all selected channels. Select SEL mode on the Master 
Control Panel then press the SEL buttons on the channels you wish to route to. 

Holding down OPTION + ALT then pressing a channel D-pot will incrementally route that channel's input to all 
channels. For example, selecting input I as the input to channel 9, then holding down OPTION and ALT, before 
pressing the channel 9 D-pot, will route input I to channel 9, input 2 to channel 1 0, input 3 to channel I I and so on 
across the entire DAW. 

Holding down SHIFT + OPTION + ALT will incrementally route that channel's input to all selected channels. 
Select SEL mode on the Master Control Panel then press the SEL buttons on the channels to which you wish to 
route. 

Assigning a Channel to Multiple Dutputs 

Hold the CTRL button and select another output.The currently assigned output will have a'>' symbol in front of 
it (for example, '>Out3-4'), and other added outputs will have a'+' (for example '+Out5-6') until you assign it. In the 
scribble strip, an '@' symbol indicates that an item is inactive (ie. routed but muted). The '$' symbol indicates that 
more than one output is assigned, and at least one of those is inactive. 



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Mdtiqn Control 




Basic Transport Controls (1 4) 

Dedicated transport controls are provided for direct control of the DAW: 



REWIND 

FAST FORWARD 

STOP 
PLAY 

RECORD 



Press 'n' hold to rewind the DAW (increment depends upon DAW Display mode) 

Press 'n' hold to fast forward the DAW (increment depends upon DAW Display 
mode) 

Stops playback or recording 

Commences playback from the current cursor position or the last locate point, 
depending on DAW settings 

Engages DAW recording for currently armed tracks 



Additional Transport Controls (15) 



PRE 



Toggles the DAW pre-roll function. See next page for setting pre-roll time 



POST Toggles the DAW post-roll function. See next page for setting post-roll time 

IN Captures the current DAW position as the Start edit time 

OUT Captures the current DAW position as the End edit time 

RTZ (Return-To-Zero) Returns the playback cursor to the Session start time 

END (Go-To-End) Moves the playback cursor to the Session end time 

LOOP Toggles Loop mode on/off (hold down CTRL for Loop Record mode) 

Q PUNCH Toggles the DAW Quickpunch recording status on/off 

ONLINE Puts the DAW Online for synchronisation 

See next page for details of the AUD button. 



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Dther useful transport modes 

Half-speed Playback SHIFT + PLAY 

Abort Current Record Pass SHIFT + STOP 

Cycle through Record Modes (Normal, Quickpunch.TrackPunch, Loop) CTRL + RECORD 

Cycle through Machine Control Masters (accessible via the transport window) CTRL + ONLINE 

Link or Unlink the Edit and Timelines SHIFT + / (Back slash) 

Setting Pre and Post Roll (1 5) 

Hold down ALT and press the PRE or POST button to highlight the left hand numeric field of the pre-roll or 
post-roll time window; the time is displayed on Duality SE'sTFT screen in place of the DAW's timecode position. 
The selected numeric field will flash; use the navigation left/right arrow buttons (16) to select a different numeric 
field if required, then enter a value on the numeric keypad (18) or use the up/down arrow buttons ( 1 6) to increase 
or decrease the selected field. 

Press ENTER on the numeric keypad (18) to confirm the time. The numeric keypad's CLR button can be used to 
clear the selected time. 

Setting start (In) and end (Dut) Times (1 5) 

Hold down ALT and press the IN or OUT button to highlight the left hand numeric field of the start or end time 
window. The time is displayed on Duality SE'sTFT screen in place of the DAW timecode position. The selected 
numeric field will flash; use the navigation left/right arrow buttons ( 1 6) to select a different numeric field if required, 
then enter a value on the numeric keypad (18) or use the up/down arrow buttons ( 1 6) to increase or decrease the 
selected field. 

Press ENTER on the numeric keypad (18) to confirm the time. The numeric keypad's CLR button can be used to 
clear the selected time. 

Audition ( 1 5) 

This function allows the IN, OUT, PRE and POST points to be checked. Press the AUD button, then press either 
the PRE, IN, OUT, or POST button. Press the AUD button again to cancel the function. 

PRE Plays from the pre-roll point to the selection start point 

IN Plays from the selection start point for the post-roll time 

OUT Plays from the end point less the pre-roll time to the end point 

POST Plays from the selection end point for the post-roll time 

ALT + OPTION + PRE or IN Plays from the selection start point less the pre-roll time to the 

selection start time plus the post-roll time 

ALT + OPTION + POST or OUT Plays from the selection end point to the selection end point plus 

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Fddtswitch Cdntrdl 

Duality SE has two 1/4" jack footswitch connectors on the rear of the console. These are intended for hands-free 
access to essential transport functions: 

Footswitch Control I either plays or stops the DAW. Holding down SHIFT will abort a recording if in record, or 
initiate half-speed playback if stopped. 

Footswitch Control 2 s used to activate or deactivate record mode. Holding CTRL while pressing the footswitch 
will cycle through record modes. 




Zoom, Navigation and Selection Modes (16) 

The Motion Control area has a section with four cursor buttons and a ZOOM/SEL function that toggles the 
selection of three available modes: Navigation Edit, Zoom and Select. 

Navigation Mode (Zqdm/Sel button not lit) 

In this mode the cursor buttons can be used to select a region or regions on the DAW screen. 

The left and right buttons will snap to region/clip boundaries. The up/down buttons move the cursor to the track 
above or below respectively. Holding down the SHIFT modifier button will allow a selection to be extended in 
any direction. Holding the OPTION button allows the current selection point to be centred on the screen. 

Holding CTRL + Up/Down/Left/Right cursor button allows you to change and extend the region/clip 
selection. Add SHIFT to the above combination to include either the previous or next region. 

Zoom Mode (Zoom/Sel button lit) 

The cursor buttons now become horizontal and vertical zoom controls for the edit/arrange window on the DAW. 

Fixed edit/arrange zoom settings can be saved or recalled from Duality SE's numeric keypad: 

To save a zoom setting — press SHIFT + numeric keypad number 
To recall a zoom setting — press OPTION + numeric keypad number 



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Selection Mdde (Zqdm/Sel buttdn flashing) 

In this mode the cursor buttons provide a way to create and edit selections within the DAW program. 

To create a selection, press and hold either the left or right cursor button and move the inner shuttle wheel to adjust 
the start or end point for the selection. The up and down cursor buttons will move the selection to the next track. 
Holding SHIFT and using the up/down buttons will allow the selection to be extended across multiple tracks. 

Holding the left and right cursor buttons simultaneously, while scrubbing, retains the selection duration while moving 
the selection start point. 

Pressing OPTION + Up/Down cursor button removes the upper or lowermost track from the selection. 

Please note that Hill Selection Mode is no longer supported in Pro Tools HD software version 7.2 and 
above 



Scrolling Within a Winddw 

To page scroll one page in either direction within a currently selected window (ie. Mix/Mixer or Edit/Arrange), press 
the ALT + Up/Down/Left/Right cursor button. 

Holding down OPTION and ALT scrolls to the window boundary. 




Shuttle/Scrub Wheel (1 7) 

A dual-concentric Shuttle/Scrub wheel is provided. It has a spring-loaded outer ring and a continuously variable 
inner wheel for DAW scrub and shuttle functions. The wheel can also be used to make and adjust selections on the 
DAW. 

Shuttle Mdde 

With the DAW stopped, turn the wheel to activate shuttle mode.The outer rim will step through seven fixed shuttle 

speeds, while the inner controller is continuously variable. 

To use the inner wheel as a shuttle control, press the SHUTTLE button above the wheel. The inner wheel now 
becomes a continuously variable shuttle control. 

In HUI mode, with Scrub and Shuttle deselected, the inner wheel will send either nudge commands (+/-) or jog 
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Scrub Mdde 

Select a region to scrub within the DAW. Press the SCRUB button above the wheel.The inner wheel now becomes 

an analogue tape machine style scrub wheel. 

Using the Numeric Keypad td shuttle 

Depending upon the configuration of your DAW system, the numeric keypad can be used to control shuttle speed 
and direction. Hold down the CTRL button followed by a number on the numeric keypad that represents the 
shuttle speed. The +/- buttons control the direction of shuttle. 

To exit from shuttle mode press either the STOP or ESC button. 

Ndtes dn Scrub and Shuttle Modes 

The position at which the scrub/shuttle starts is derived from the current DAW selection or timeline position. 
Scrub/Shuttle mode can commence from the selection end point by holding down the OPTION button before you 
grab the shuttle wheel. 

Holding down the ALT button will increase the resolution of the scrub/shuttle wheel. 

When scrub or shuttle is active, many functions are suspended until you exit from scrub/shuttle mode. The following 
functions are available: 

Fader control, solo and cut buttons 

Scrub/Shuttle wheel functions 

Transport controls 

Enter button (to create marker/cue events) 

Scrub/Shuttle will also control serial machines if the DAW is 9-pin enabled. 

In HUI (Pro Tools) mode with SCRUB and SHUTTLE deselected the inner wheel will send either Nudge or jog 
commands.This is selected using the DAW I Jog wheel sends: entry in the SSL / Misc / Setup menu defines 
the control data sent by the jog wheel for HUI DAWs. Options are Jog / Nudge (40 / 20 / 13/ 1 / 8 / 6 / 5 per 
revolution). When DAW 2 is HUI, there is a DAW 2 Jog wheel sends: menu entry. 

Numeric Keypad (IB) 

The console's numeric keypad replicates the numeric keypad on a DAW keyboard. The primary use for this keypad 
is for saving and recalling Memory Locates and entering data values (please refer to your DAW manual for more 
details on keypad uses). 

Working with Markers/Memory Locations 

To Enter a Marker/Cue point, press ENTER.To Recall a Marker/Cue point, press a number followed by the decimal 
point button (Numeric Keypad in Classic mode) or a decimal point followed by a number followed a decimal point 
(Numeric Keypad in Transport mode). 

The ENTER button on the keypad also works as a enter button for pop-up windows, duplicating the 
ENTER button on the Master Control Panel 



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Plug-In Editor 

Duality SE comes with a powerful Plug-in Editor located in 
the console centre section. From here, plug-ins and 
hardware inserts can be assigned, and plug-in parameters 
can be edited. 



Plug-In Editdr Display 

The Plug-In Editor uses a high resolution TFT display, four 
D-pots and four soft buttons to control the parameters of 
any plug-in. The display is also used to show the position 
and status of the DAW, and to provide access to a range of 
paged menus. 

The currently selected EDIT channel name is displayed at 
the top of the screen. Below are the plug-in control 
displays followed by transport status displays and a 
timecode display. At the foot of the screen are two rows 
of soft key menu selections 



Plug-In Editdr Cdntrdls 

Controls for the display are located just below the screen 
area. The four D-pots and associated in-line soft keys are 
mapped to the corresponding controls on the display.The 
D-pots also have push-push select switches that perform 
various functions. 

The display also shows information from the DAW at the 
top of the editor display. 



Paging Buttons 

The left/right paging buttons either page through available 
insert slots in INSERT mode, or plug-in parameters in 
PARAMETER mode (see below). 

The far left and far right buttons directly below the D-pots 
provide a Page Down and Page Up facility respectively. 




Channel: 1 bass 



Insert 1-4 String S1 

SgnlGnr m No Insert No Insert No Insert 




Solo Loop Quick Punch 
Pre post On Li lie 



0000D00 



H AuEn 
J Fader 



Pan 



Plgin 



Mute 



Send 



Fkys 



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Selecting a DAW Channel for Plug-In Ddntrdl 

Select EDIT mode on the Master Control Panel then use the channel SEL buttons to choose the channel you wish 
to edit.The EDIT flag in the channel meter will light.The DAW will highlight the selected channel and the currently 
selected plug-in. Press ALT to display the plug-in window. 

Alternatively, select a channel by double clicking on one of the insert points in the Mix window. Note that on some 
versions of Pro Tools this is the only way to change between blocks of channels (1-8,9-16, 17-24). 

Note: Bank switching channels leaves the Plug-In Editor with the channel assigned to it. The channel 
EDIT tally will show this. 

Timecdde/Bars & Beats/Samples Display 

The on-screen timecode readout can be assigned to display either timecode (SMPTE/EBU), Feet/Frames, Bars/Beats 
or samples. This display will follow the setting selection made within your DAW. Please refer to your DAW manual 
for further details. 

Plug-In Display Modes 

There are three display modes, Insert, Parameter and Assign, all of which are selected using the soft button 
ASSIGN and INSERT/PARAM buttons below the D-pots. 

Viewing Current Inserts (Insert Mode) 

Press the INSERT/PARAM button till the INSERT/PARAM box reads INSERT; the Plug-in Editor is now 
in Insert mode. In this mode, the four D-pots represent four insert points on the selected channel. The currently 
assigned plug-ins are displayed above each D-pot.The name of the currently active plug-in will flash. Additional insert 
points can be displayed using the paging buttons. 

The four D-pot push switches can be used to select an insert slot for editing or for plug-in assignment — see below. 



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Assigning a Plug-In dr Hardware l/D Insert (Assign Mdde) 

To Assign a Plug-in to a Channel Insert Point: 

1. Press the ASSIGN soft button to enter assign mode; the on-screen box flashes to confirm this. 

2. Press the D-pot corresponding to the insert slot that you want to route to a plug-in (use the paging buttons 
as necessary) then use the D-pot to scroll through the list of plug-ins and I/O slots; the displayed names are 
derived from the DAW. 

3. To confirm the assignment either: 

a. Press the ASSIGN button a second time.This will exit INSERT mode and switch the Plug-In Editor 
to PARAMETER mode to edit the last selected insert, or 

b. Press the D-pot used to make the assignment.This will confirm the assignment and leave you in Assign 
mode for further assignments. 

Some DAW applications will not allow assignments to be made during playback or recording. 

Assigning the Same Plug-in to All Channels 

Follow steps I and 2 above to select a plug-in, then hold down the OPTION button before pressing the D-pot 

switch to assign that plug-in to all channels. 

Assigning The Same Plug-in to Selected Channels 

To assign a plug-in to selected channels, select SEL mode on the Master Control Panel then choose the channels 

you wish to assign to by holding down SHIFT and pressing the channel SEL buttons. 

Follow steps I and 2 above to select a plug-in, then hold down OPTION + SHIFT before pressing the D-pot 
switch to assign the plug-in to the selected channels. 

Editing Plug-In Parameters (Parameter Mode) 

Selecting a Plug-In to Edit 

In Insert or Assign mode, press the plug-in D-pot for the insert you wish to edit or in Insert mode, select 

Parameter mode by pressing the INSERT/PARAM soft button.To exit from Parameter mode, press the 

PARAM soft key (if you want to edit a different plug-in) or the ASSIGN soft key (if you want to change 

assignment). 

Changing Plug-in Parameters 

Once you have selected a channel and a plug-in for editing, the four D-pots and their switches control the on-screen 

parameters derived from the DAW plug-in.The names of the currently selected controls and their values are shown 

above the on-screen D-pots. The PAGE UP and PAGE DOWN buttons can be used to access all the plug-in 

controls. 

Hi-Resdlutidn Parameter Display Mdde 

Holding down the OPTION button while editing a plug-in parameter will show a 9-character version of the 

parameter value at the top of the Plug-In Editor display. 

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Comparing Ydur Changes 

Pressing the COMPARE button allows you to compare any changes made to plug-in parameters with the values 
stored before editing.As soon as you change any parameter the COMPARE box will turn yellow. Pressing the 
COMPARE button toggles between the settings when you starting editing parameters and the current settings. 

Note that the plug-in window must be opened before this function becomes available 

Bypassing Plug-ins 

The BYPASS button allows a plug-In to be toggled in/out of the signal path in PARAM mode. In INSERT mode, 
individual plug-ins can be bypassed by holding down the BYPASS button and pushing the D-pot that corresponds 
to the insert you want to bypass. The channel SEL button can be used to bypass all the plug-ins on a channel. 

D-pdt Sensitivity 

The Plug-in Editor's D-pots can be set to one of two modes: Fixed or Velocity-sensitive. In Fixed mode, 
turning a knob will range through the complete list of available parameters; this allows you to search through long 
lists very quickly. Holding down the ALT button enables a finer resolution scroll function. In Velocity-sensitive 
mode, the speed of scrolling is dependent upon how quickly you turn the D-pot. To toggle between the two modes 
press the F5 button in the Fkys menu. 



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Sdft Keys 



The Plug-In Editor panel includes an 8x8 matrix of soft keys that map to the 1 6 menu boxes at the bottom of the 
plug-in display. 



Channel: 1 bass 



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The top row (buttons 1-8) allows selection of the labelled functions. Once pressed, a submenu will appear below. 
These items are selected using the second row of soft key buttons (9- 1 6). The menus are ordered as follows: 

Automation Enables 



Au En 


AuMo 


EdTs 


Ed Mo 


StGr 


Fkys 


Edit 


SSL 


Fader 


Pan 


Plgin 


Mute 


Send 


SnMute 







The Automation Enables (AuEn) globally engage or disengage automation for the following items: Faders, Pans, 
Plug-Ins, Mutes (cuts), Sends and Send Muting. See Working with Automation for more details. 

AUTOMATION MODES 



AuEn 


AuMo 


EdTs 


Ed Mo 


StGr 


Fkys 


Edit 


SSL 


Trim 


Latch 


Touch 


Write 


Read 


Off 







Automation Modes (AuMo) set the update mode for each channel or group of channels. See Working with 
Automation for more details. 



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Edit Tddls Menu 



AuEn J AuMo 


EdTs 


Ed Mo 


StGr 


Fkys 


Edit 


SSL 


Zoom 1 Trim 


Select 


Grab 


Scrub 


Pencil 


Smart 





Edit Tools (EdTs) displays a list of available tools used by your DAW system. For example, with Pro Tools you can 
select the Zoom, Trim, Select, Grabber, Scrub Pencil and Smart Tool tools. 



Edit Modes Menu 



AuEn IAuMo 


EdTs 


Ed Mo 


StGr 


Fkys 


Edit 


SSL 


Shufflj Slip 


Spot 


Grid 











Edit Modes (EdMo) displays a list of available edit modes used by your DAW system.Within Pro Tools you can select 
Shuffle, Slip, Spot and Grid modes. 

Status/Group Menu 



AuEn 


AuMo 


EdTs 


EdMo 


StGr 


Fkys 


Edit 


SSL 


Auto 


Mon 


Phase 


Group 


Create 


Susp 




— 1 



The Status/Group (StGr) menu contains several useful functions including: 



Auto: 



Monitor: 



Group: 



Create: 



Suspend: 



Displays, on the channel fader scribble strips, the automation status of all focused 
channel faders. 

Displays, on the fader scribble strip, the monitor status of all focused channels. 
Designations are as follows: 

fi U 1 Auto input mode 

I n P t Input mode only 

fl u X Auxiliary input channel 

M I D I MIDI channel 

M S t r Master Fader 

P h a s e Not implemented 

Displays the grouping status of all focused channels on the console. A lowercase 
letter indicates that a fader belongs to that group.An uppercase letter indicates that 
the fader belongs to multiple groups, with the foremost group ID being displayed, eg. 
B for groups b, c and e. 

To create a fader group for your DAW, select SEL mode on the Master Control 
Panel then hold down the SHIFT button and press the SEL buttons on any 
channels you wish to group. Finally, press the CREATE button and a new group will 
be created. 

Fader/Mix groups can be suspended at any time by selecting SUSPEND; they are 
now disengaged from their respective grouping arrangements. Pressing SUSPEND 
a second time re-enables the groups. 



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Functidn Keys 



AuEn 


AuMo 


EdTs 


Ed Mo 


StGr 


Fkys 


Edit 


SSL 


F1 


F2 


F3 


F4 


F5 


F6 


F7 


F8/Esc 



The F-Keys (Fkys) menu gives access to the DAW function keys; these will vary between DAW applications. A 
standard configuration for Pro Tools is: 

F I Peak Hold Clear for the Duality SE channel meters 

F5 Cycles Fixed or Velocity-sensitive modes for the D-pots 

F8 Escape 

EDIT Menu 



AuEn I AuMo 


EdTs 


Ed Mo 


StGr 


Fkys 


Edit 


SSL 


Capt | Sep 


Cut 


Copy 


Paste 


Delete 







The Edit (Edit) menu provides quick access to frequently used editing functions including Capture, Separate, Cut, 
Copy, Paste and Delete. 

SSL Menu 

This menu is used to access additional optional features such as the Duality SE Automation System and Total Recall. 
Information regarding these features will be found in the appropriate section of this manual. 



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Working with DAW Automation 



Duality SE's touch sensitive moving faders can be used to write automation for the DAW faders. Most automation 
functions are enabled from the soft key matrix below the Plug-in Editor display screen. Menus are provided for 
Automation Enables, Automation Modes, Grouping and Editing functions. 

Note that automation data can usually only be written when the DAW is in Play, Half-Speed Play or 
Record 



AUTDMATIDN ENABLES 



Au En 


AuMo 


EdTs 


Ed Mo 


StGr 


Fkys 


Edit 


SSL 


Fader 


Pan 


Plgin 


Mute 


Send 


SnMute 







The Automation Enables (AuEn) menu is used to globally engage or disengage automation for the following items: 
Faders, Pans, Plug-Ins, Mutes (cuts), Sends and Send Muting. Holding down the OPTION button and then pressing 
any of the submenu buttons will toggle automation on or off for all controls. The Pan automation enable includes 
both Channel and Send Pan. 

AUTDMATIDN MODES 



AuEn 


AuMo 


EdTs 


Ed Mo 


StGr 


Fkys 


Edit 


SSL 


Trim 


Latch 


Touch 


Write 


Read 


Off 







Several Automation Modes (AuMo) are available: Write (Wrt), Touch (Teh), Latch (Ltch), Trim (Trim), Read 
(Read) and Off (Off). Entries in parenthesis ( ) indicate the mode as shown on the channel scribble strip.To change 
automation mode on a channel, select an automation mode from the soft key menu and then press the auto button 
on a channel fader. Holding down OPTION and then selecting an automation mode will change the automation 
mode on all channels. 

Refer to your DAW manual for more information on its specific automation features 



TRIM MODE 

If your DAW supports Trim automation mode, this can be selected by pressing the Trim soft key in the AuMo 
(Auto Modes) menu, and then pressing a channel auto button. This changes the current automation mode into a 
Trim' equivalent. Holding down OPTION and then pressing Trim in the soft key menu will set Trim mode on all 
channels. 

You can confirm that a fader is in Trim by pressing and holding the fader's auto button — its scribble strip will display 
a T in front of the normal automation mode indication. Alternatively, select the Auto soft key in the StGr 
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AUTDMATIDN STATUS DISPLAY 

Pressing and holding the auto button on a channel fader will display the current automation mode for that channel 
in the channel's scribble strip. To display the automation mode for all focused channels, select the Status Group 
(StGr) soft menu, and press Auto. 



The automation LED indications are as follows: 



No LED 

Green LED 

Red Flashing LED 

Red solid LED 

Red and Green LEDs 



Automation off 

Read automation mode 

DAW is ready to write automation in write, touch or latch modes 

Writing automation data 

Trim automation mode 



Suspending Automation 

To suspend all automation writing and playback for the entire project/session, deselect the SUSPEND AUTO 
button. The button will flash red to indicate that the suspend function is active. 

Writing Automation (Write to Start, End or All) 

In some DAW applications, you can write automation data to the start, end or whole part of a track/selection in 
any automation mode. To perform these functions from Duality SE use the following: 

CTRL + RTZ will write automation data from the current position to the start of 
the track/selection 

CTRL + END will write automation data from the current position to the end of the 

track/selection 

CTRL + SHIFT + (END or RTZ) will write automation data from the start to the end of the 

track/selection. 



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Automating Cuts 

As the console's CUT buttons have no touch sense, automation will start being written when the button is first 
pressed. In Touch mode it will return to the underlying mix pass as soon as the DAW timeline reaches the next 
switch change.Thus pressing and holding a CUT button will write data for as long as the button is held, overwriting 
any underlying automation.To continue to write data until you stop, select Write or Latch mode.This also applies 
to plug-in buttons. 

Automating Pans and Sends 

As the channel D-pots have no touch sense, automation data starts being written as soon as the control is moved. 
In Touch mode the system will stop writing automation data and return to the previous level when you stop 
moving the control. 

Your DAW may have a Touch-Timeout period which provides a time limit that allows for a certain time to continue 
writing automation data, after which the value of the parameter returns to the value of the underlying automation 
pass. Alternatively to continue to write data until you stop select Write or Latch mode. 

Automating Plug-Ins 

Plug-in parameters can be automated just like other D-pots and buttons. The only difference is that some DAW 
applications require the controls to be armed using the on-screen menus within your DAW. Choose the automation 
button in the plug-in window and enable the plug-in controls to be automated. 

When automating a plug-in parameter, there is no touch sense information for the D-pot or push-push switch so 
in Touch mode data will be written for as long as the control is being moved or pressed. Using Write or Latch 
mode for automating plug-ins will continue writing automation data until the DAW stops. 

AUTDMATIDN INDICATION FDR PLUG-IN PARAMETERS 

If a plug-in parameter is enabled for automation, the red 'LED' below the on-screen D-pot will flash. When writing 
automation data, the 'LED' will light continuously. 

Refer to your DAW manual for more information on all aspects of its automation system 



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Mackie Cdntrdl (MCU) Emulation 



Duality SE can emulate Mackie's Control MIDI protocol as an alternative to HUI protocol emulation. The software 
includes dedicated front panel function mapping for Logic, Nuendo, Sonar and Digital Performer. 

Mackie Control Protocol originates from the Mackie Control Universal MIDI controller and its companion eight 
fader extender unit.The main control unit is functionally very similar to a HUI unit supporting 8 channel faders and 
associated controls, a master fader, transport controls and jog wheel, cursor buttons together with dedicated 
function key groups for workstation control. Fader resolution is 10 bit (1024 steps), identical to the HUI 
implementation.The Mackie Control Unit is supplied with overlay templates for different DAW packages, which label 
the various function key groups specifically for each supported DAW. In addition, the default Logic grouping is 
supported by a number of workstations that do not have dedicated overlays. These include Live, Sequoia, Final Cut 
Studio and Soundtrack Pro. 

Mackie Cdntrdl Emulation Advantages 

• Supported by a large number of workstation manufacturers including Apple, Sony, and Steinberg. 

• Plug-Ins and virtual Instruments are controlled from the channel D-pots and can be flipped onto the faders, 
a feature previously reserved for Pro Tools and Digidesign proprietary control surface solutions. 

• Channel meters use far less MIDI bandwidth. 

• 6-character labels for Track/Channel Names and parameter information. 

• Master Fader control. 

• Not limited to 32 physical faders — up to 48 channel faders can be assigned to DAW control 

Implementation 

In Mackie Control mode, Duality SE emulates a Mackie Control Master Console plus multiple Mackie Extender 
sections. For all supported workstations, Duality SE should be configured, in the relevant Control Surface set up 
menu, as a main Mackie Control unit together with as many 8-channel extender units as required, within the limits 
set by Duality SE's fader configuration and the number of available MIDI ports (6 per layer) that support controller 
interfacing. For the majority of DAWs, the set up layout should follow the actual console surface layout, with the 
Mackie Master Console unit assigned to channels 1-8. Plug-ins and instruments will have their parameters assigned 
'left justified' onto Duality SE's channel D-pots. 



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The majority of DAW functions are controlled via dedicated Duality SE front panel switches, with less reliance than 
the HUI protocol on the 8x8 soft key matrix located beneath the TFT screen. All plug-in editing is via the channel 
D-pots.The four encoders, together with the six switches below the centre section monitor screen, are not used. 

On the channel fader strips, the fader button and associated status LEDs are also not implemented by the protocol. 
All other controls, the D-pot and associated push switch, DAW channel Solo and Cut, plus the Select and Ready 
functions, are all fully supported. Only mono metering information is returned from the workstation. On stereo 
channels, the maximum value of the left or right channel is displayed. The master fader is also included in the DAW 
layer when a Mackie Control template is active. 

The AUTO, PRE, IN, OUT etc. group of centre section buttons provide different related motion control functions 
according to the active template. 

The jog wheel, together with the SCRUB button, plus the cursor buttons and cursor mode switch, are active in 
all templates. The outer jog wheel ring is not supported, neither is the numeric keypad. However the 1-8 keys 
replicate Fl - F8 function keys in certain templates. 



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Mackie Functidn Cdntrdl Dverview 

As far as possible, all the function templates use button groupings and layouts that follow the original Mackie Control 
surface groupings, in order to simplify moving from one DAW platform to another: 




Channel D-pdt functions and display options (1 ) 

The rotary encoder switch flips D-pot parameters onto the channel faders.The encoder itself is not used in any of 
the Mackie Control templates. The CHANNEL button has the same functions as in HUI Mode, and assigns either 
the console or DAW channel level control to the D-pot, according to the state of the Console Focus button. 

RDY AND SEL (2) 

As with the HUI protocol, the RDY and SEL buttons determine the function of the channel strip's SEL button. 
The default is the SEL (select) function; RDY accesses DAW track arming via the channel SEL button. The centre 
(blank) button is used as a discrete function in some of the templates, and corresponds to the EDIT/GLOBAL 
button located next to the FLIP button on a Mackie Control unit. 

Channel and control surface banking (3) 
These are used in exactly the same way as in HUI Mode. 

Project/Menu buttons (4) 

These offer similar functions to those in HUI mode but are template specific. 

Modifier buttons (5) 

Again, these are Layout and Name template specific. 

Dedicated Functions (6), (7), (B) 
These are all template specific. 



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The Logic Template 

Duality SE emulates a Mackie Control unit plus multiple Mackie XT fader expanders. Logic will accept the full 48 
fader control offered by Duality SE.The control surface set up should be configured as shown below in the Logic 
Preferences/Control Surfaces menu: 




Duality SE Logic Control Button Layout 




When compared to the HUI protocol layout, the major changes to buttons in this section are that automation 
modes replace the screen display select buttons, and the inclusion of the MARKER and NUDGE functions. 
GLOBAL uses the 8x8 menu matrix buttons to select different view options. CHANNEL is unchanged and 
assigns Duality SE's channel gain element to the D-pot.The rotary encoder switch is used to 'flip' parameters onto 
the faders, but the encoder itself has no function. The dot-matrix display indicates the D-pot mode with a two- 
character label. Plug-ins are controlled from the channel D-pots, so there is no longer an 'EDIT' select mode for the 
channel SEL button. 



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Transport Control Buttons 







1 SOLO 1 


1 CYCLE 1 1 DROP 1 BrEPLACeH 


CLICK 



Only five of the ten transport control buttons are assigned. Full operational documentation on using Logic with 
Mackie Control and Extender units can be found in the Logic Pro 7.2 Dedicated Control Surface Support (Manual) 
which can be downloaded from the Apple website. 

Duality SE's Logic Control Screen 



VIEW 


Fkys 












SSL 


MIDI 


IN 


ATrk 


Inst 


AUX 


BUS 


OUT 


USER 



VIEW is selected automatically by pressing the GLOBAL button; this accesses the eight global view select buttons; 
VIEW may also be selected manually if required. There are no tallies for the selected View. VIEW is a Duality SE 
function and not part of the MCU protocol. 

Selecting Fkys provides access to the eight functions keys as used with the HUI interface. These are also 
permanently mapped to the numeric keypad, which is not supported in the Mackie Control protocol. 

A 'Rude Solo' tally is displayed in the on-screen status area.This corresponds to the front panel LED on a MCU. 



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NUENDD/CUBASE TEMPLATE 

As with other templates, Duality SE emulates a Mackie Control Main unit plus multiple Mackie Control Extenders. 
MIDI control surface assignment is set up in the Remote Device list. Nuendo does not have separate profiles for 
the Mackie Extender, so for a 48 fader controller, six Mackie Control units are entered into the device list with the 
top most unit corresponding to the highest numbered eight channels on the Duality SE control surface, and the other 
units mapped to the remaining channels in descending order. 



Device Setup 



Devices 



[_= MIDI 

All MIDI Inputs 
Default MIDI Ports 
MIDI System 

j Remote Devices 

-" vmmjmmi 

Mackie Control 2 
Mackie Control 3 
Mackie Control 4 
Mackie Control 5 
Mackie Control 6 
[ .. Transport 

Time Display 
P' Video 

*£* Video Player 
♦4; V5T Audiobay 
BuiEt-in Audio (1) 
VST Inputs 
VST Outputs 
V5T System Link 



U MIDI Input 
|0 MIDI Output 



Button 


Category 


Con' ti 3 re 


--■ 


UserA 






UserB 






Fl 






Shlft+Fl 






F2 






5hift+F2 






F3 






5hift+F3 






F4 






5hift+F4 






F5 






5hift+F5 






F6 






5hift+F6 






F7 






A 


5hift+F7 






ro 







j/ Enable Auto Select 
Relay Click 



Help 



Apply 



I Cancel ■ | OK 



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Duality SE Nuendd Control Button Layout 

IS 




The majority of Nuendo or Cubase functions are controlled via dedicated buttons, with virtually no reliance on the 
8x8 menu buttons located beneath the TFT screen. Full details are available in the Mackie Control manual, which is 
available from the Nuendo download site. 

When compared to the HUI protocol front panel, the major differences here are the new control set for assigning 
processing parameters to the D-pots. Up and down page buttons for D-pot parameters are located within the Shift 
button block.The rotary encoder will also output page up/down commands when turned left or right. 

RDY and SEL control the function of the channel SEL buttons as with the HUI interface. The EDIT button is 
used to open editing windows in Nuendo or Cubase for the current selection. Pressing EDIT together with SHIFT 
will close an active window. 

CHANNEL is unchanged and assigns Duality SE's channel gain element or DAW channel to the D-pot according 
to the state of the Console Focus button. The encoder switch is used to 'flip' parameters onto the faders as before 
but includes all processing parameters, not just send levels. 

The Transport Control buttons are assigned to related transport functions as with the HUI interface: 




Only the CYCLE and PUNCH functions have tallies. 



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Duality SE's Nuendd Control Screen 



Fkys 


Grp 












SSL 


F1 


F2 


F3 


F4 


F5 


F6 


F7 


F8 



Fkys provides access to the eight functions buttons. These are also mapped to the numeric keypad, which is not 
supported in Logic Control. 



Fkys 


Grp 










SSL I 


G1 


G2 


G3 


G4 G5 


G6 


G7 


G8 



Grp calls up the eight Fader Group buttons. 



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The Sdnar Template 

Duality SE emulates a Mackie Control (MCU), plus additional Logic XT fader expanders as required. The Control 
Surface setup menu is located in the Sonar Options menu: 



Control Surfaces 










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ConnecLed Sutaca* 


Close 


















Conlrol Sulace 


In Pal 


OulRat 


Help 




MtcfcitGortic* 


AMTBlnQl 


AM"aQu:Ql 




Mackie CanftjdXT 
M«±ieC«*icJXT -2 


AMT8 In 02 


AM73 Oul 02 


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£MTS In 01 


AM78 Dii 03 





























































To set up the correct mapping of Duality SE faders to DAW channels, select Mackie Control from the Tools menu 
to access the Properties page and the Configure Layout option. Full online operational documentation for the 
Mackie Control and Expander (XT) functions can be accessed via the PC keyboard F I key when the Control Surface 
Properties dialogue is open. 



Duality SE's Sonar Control Button Layout 




The majority of functions are controlled via dedicated buttons, with less reliance than the HUI version on the 8x8 
menu button matrix located beneath the screen. The main differences when compared to the HUI front panel are 
as follows: 

Different function grouping to assign parameters to the Channel D-pots. CHANNEL is unchanged and assigns 
Duality SE's channel gain element or DAW channel to the D-pot according to the state of the Console Focus button. 
The encoder switch is used to 'flip' parameters onto the faders as before, but includes all processing parameters, 
not just send levels. Two 'Flip' modes are available, Duplicate or Exchange, selected via a single or double press on 
the encoder switch. 

For the Sonar template, as with the buttons that control the function of the channel SEL button with the HUI 
protocol, SEL and RDY control whether the channel SEL button sends the SEL and REC/RDY MIDI codes. EDIT 
is a dedicated function equivalent to the MCU EDIT/GLOBAL function located in the FADER BANKS section.The 
display above the encoder shows the two-character plus decimal point Assignment window from the MCU. 



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CHANNEL is unchanged and assigns Duality SE's channel gain element or DAW channel to the D-pot according 
to the state of the Console Focus button. The encoder switch is used to 'flip' parameters onto the faders as before, 
but includes all processing parameters not just send levels. 



The transport control buttons are designated as shown below: 



ImARKEFH 1 LOOP 1 1 SELECT 1 1 PUNCH 1 1 KEYPAD 1 


1 JOG 1 1 LOOP 1 1 mMF 1 



Tallies are provided for all switches, 

Keypad is not a direct MCU function but it will enable the numeric keypad 0....9 keys plus the'.','-', ENTER and CLR 
keys for data entry. When operated, it send the codes that correspond to M I ON, EDIT ON, EDIT OFF, M I OFF 
and then enables the numeric keypad keys to send the MIDI codes that correspond to the I to 8 keys on the Sonar 
overlay and the 4 TRACKS keys. ENTER mimics the main ENTER key, and CLR the CANCEL key. A second 
operation of the KEYPAD button inhibits the numeric keypad from outputting MIDI codes, and should send an 
EDIT ON, EDIT OFF command to cancel the mode. 

Duality SE's Sdnar Control screen 

The 8x8 menu button matrix is used to access three Sonar MCU function groups: 



Fkys 


AUTO 


Trks 










SSL 


F1 


F2 


F3 


F4 


F5 


F6 


F7 


F8 



Fkys provides access to the eight functions keys. These are defined in Sonar and also output Edit commands in 
conjunction with a Modifier key. 



Fkys 


AUTO 


Trks 










SSL 


Snap 


Darm 


Ofst 













AUTO calls up three automation functions, Snapshot, Disarm and Offset. The main automation Read/Off key is 
mapped to a dedicated front panel button. 



Fkys 


AUTO 


Trks 










SSL 


NAud 


NMId 


FitA 


FitP 











Trks provides the fourTRACKS functions on the bottom row of soft buttons. 



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Digital Perfdrmer Template 

Duality SE emulates a Mackie Control Unit plus additional Mackie Control Expanders. The Control Surface setup 
menu is located in the Digital Performer Setup menu: 



" 



Q Listen to control surfaces in 


lackg round 






Driver 




ms 










Unit 




| Expander (XT) 


1*1 


Dull :v Po r : 1-1 


M 






Excancer :X~: 


r*1 


Dual :v Po r : 2-1 


M 






Expancer :X": 


1*1 


Dual :v Po r : ]-l 


M 






Expancer :X": 


r*1 


Dual :v Po r : 4-1 


W 






| Expand er(XTj 


1*1 


Dull :v Po r : E-l 


W 






Mack e Control 


m 


Dull :v Po r : i-1 


M 







Note: Top to Sottom = Left to Right 



Assign Duality SE's MIDI ports so that the console faders map correctly to the DAW tracks with the Mackie Control 
Unit as channels 1-8. 

Duality SE's Digital Performer Control Button Layout 




The majority of functions are controlled via dedicated buttons with less reliance than the HUI interface on the 8x8 
menu button matrix located beneath theTFT screen. When compared to the HUI front panel, the main changes are 
as follows: 

A different function grouping is used to assign parameters the channel D-pots. CHANNEL assigns Duality SE's 
channel gain element or DAW channel to the D-pot according to the state of the Console Focus button. The 
encoder switch is used to 'flip' parameters onto the faders as before, but includes all processing parameters not just 
send levels. The EDIT button is the standard MCU Edit (or Global View) command key, it does not affect operation 
of the channel SEL buttons, which can be flipped between the Ready (RDY) and Select ( SEL) functions as with 
the HUI mapping. 



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The Transport Control buttons are assigned to related transport functions, as with the HUI interface: 



^DTM EKT^ REM ^RE^ ^T^ 
GRID | | SYNC | LINK | 1 POST 1 b0L0 


RTZ BvIARKErH 1 CYCLE 1 1 PUNCH 1 1 SELECT 1 



Tallies are provided for the Marker function, together with an on screen tally for the MCU 'Rude Solo' indicator. 

Duality SE's Digital Performer Cdntrdl screen 
Two sets of menu buttons can be accessed via the 8x8 soft menu button matrix: 



AUTO 


REC 












SSL | 


READ 


TOUCH 


TRIMT 


OWRT 


LATCH 


TRIML 




— 1 



AUTO produces the six Automation mode options. 



AUTO 


REC 












SSL 


CLICK 


COUNT 


ODUB 


THRU 


CLEAR 









REC provides the Record setup functions. 



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Section Cdntents 

Section Cdntents 
Sectidn Index 
Dverview 
Total Recall and Prdjects 

Working with Projects and Titles 
Saving a TR Setup 
Recalling aTR Setup 
Deleting aTR Setup 
Renaming TR Setups 

Total Recall Displays 4-5 

Resetting Controls 4-6 

Automatically Reset Controls 4-6 

Manually Reset Controls and Auto-Scan 4-6 

Copying and Swapping Settings 4-6 



4-1 


4-Ml 


4-1 


4-2 


4-3 


4-3 


4-4 


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Section Index 



A 




AScan 


4-6 


Auto-scan 


4-6 


Automatically Reset Controls 


4-6 


B 




BusM 


4-5 


C 




Comp 


4-5 


Copying TR settings 


4-6 


CS softkey 


4-6 


D 




Deleting aTR Setup 


4-4 


F 




fader status button 


4-1 


G 




GrpM 


4-5 


M 




Manually Reset Controls 


4-6 


D 




Offline Trim 


4-5 


P 




Projects (TR) 


4-2 


R 




Recalling aTR Setup 


4-4 


Renaming TR Setups 


4-4 


Resetting Controls 


4-6 


S 




Saving aTR Setup 


4-3 


SET ALL soft key 


4-1 


Soft Key Display 


4-2 


StRt 


4-5 


Swapping TR settings 


4-6 


T 




Total Recall Displays 


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SECTIDN 4: TDTAL RECALL 



DVERVIEW 



The Multi-userTotal Recall (TR) package is a chargeable option for the Duality SE console. If not supplied with your 
console, please contact your nearest SSL representative for details. 

The system uses the channel meter display screens in each bay to give a graphical display of current and stored 
control settings for all rotary controls, faders and switches on Duality SE's channel strips and centre section modules. 
Controls that are in different positions from the stored values are highlighted in yellow, and may be reset manually 
to the stored settings. Electronically latched switches such as EQ, Insert, Dynamics and Cut buttons, fader positions 
and the Offline Trim controls can be reset to match the stored setup by pressing the fader status button (the 
button to the left of the fader, closest to the top of the fader) twice. Pressing the SET ALL soft key twice will reset 
all the soft button functions, fader positions and the OfflineTrim controls. Pressing the SET SEL key twice will reset 
the controls on all channels currently selected on the Central Routing Panel. 

Selecting AScan (AutoScan) will scan the console for differences between the current and stored settings. 

Each bay screen is used to display the settings for one channel (or the centre section), thus allowing multiple channels 
to be reset at the same time. 

TR setups are saved within Duality SE's Projects system and stored locally in Duality SE's flash memory.They can be 
backed up aa part of a console Project - see section 6 



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Tdtal Recall and Projects 

Duality SE uses a logical and intuitive Project-based system within which TR Setups and Mixes (automation data) can 
be stored and managed. Each Project contains a number of Titles (think of these as songs, tracks, tunes etc.), and 
each Title contains its own set of TR Setups (and mixes). 

The Projects system is accessed using the soft keys on the Master Control Panel in conjunction with displays on 
TFT screen above: 



Shows currently 

selected Project 

and Title 



These functions 

can be selected 

using the encoder 

switches or the 

four softkeys 

directly below 



Use this control to 
scroll through lists 




selected 

indicates which 

Total Recall Setup 

is currently being 

displayed 



These functions 

can be selected 

using the sixteen 

lower softkeys 



If you are not familiar with these functions (as used by the Plug-in Editor and other DAW-related functions) please 
refer to Soft Key Display in Section 3 of this manual. 



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Working with Prdjects and Titles 

At least one Project andTitle must be present before you can store aTR Setup. Select SSL followed by Proj. Now 
select New Proj and the system will automatically create a new Project andTitle; logically these will be named 
Project I and Title I (if no previous projects exist). 



Project 1 :: Title 1 




Project 1 : : Title 1 - selected 


yj 




Project 2 : : Title 2 


Select Back 


NewTltle 


I Copy Title 










Proj 


TR 


Auto 


Lnks 


MISC 




Daw 


SSL | 














Del 


Con I 



If Projects have been previously created, when you press the Proj key, the screen will display a list of existing 
Projects. Use the lefthand encoder to scroll through the list and when you find the Project you require, press the 
encoder switch (or soft key below the encoder) that represents the Select function.This makes that Project current 
(as indicated by the entry being highlighted in yellow, with the word selected after its name) and reveals theTitles 
in that Project.To create a new Title in a Project, select New Title.Titles and Projects are automatically numbered 
in sequence of creation. Select Copy Title to copy the selected Title. 

Note that the top line of the display always indicates the current Project and current Title. Use the Select rotary 
control to scroll through lists of Projects, Titles, etc., and the encoder switch to select them. To return at any time 
to the Project list, press the soft key for Back. 

Saving a TR Setup 

Once a new Title has been created, or a previous Title is selected, press TR followed by Store and the current 
console settings will be saved in the next available TR Setup. New Setups are automatically named TR - n starting at 
'I'. If a Setup is deleted (see below) then its number will not be re-used. The only exception to this is if all Setups 
are deleted; the numbering will then restart from 'I'. Setups are saved to Duality SE's flash memory. They can be 
backed up aa part of a console Project - see section 6 



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^B^^^^^^E^H^biT^VI 




TR 1 - selected 




A 




TR 2 
TR 3 
TR 4 
TR 5 

TR 6 










Select Store 


Set All 


SetSel 


M 










Pro) 


TR 


Auto 


Lnks 


Mlsc 




Daw 


SSL | 


GrpM 


StRt 


BusM 


Comp 


CS 


AS can 


Del 


Con 



With TR selected, choose the required Project and Title, and scroll to the required TR Setup (see above). Press 
Select and the stored console settings will be displayed on the centre section and bay screens (see next page). 

Deleting a TR Setup 

With TR selected, scroll and Select the setup to be deleted. Hold down the Del soft key and press the Con key 
to confirm. 

Renaming TR Setups 

AutonumberedTR Setups may be named via the Duality SE Remote application. Please refer to Section 6 for more 
details. 



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Total Recall Displays 

As mentioned before, individual channels are displayed on the TFT screen in 
that same bay. To switch from one channel to another within a bay, press the 
fader status button. 

In order to provide maximum clarity, the centre section display is split into four 
sections, all selected by soft key function is the lower row: 

GrpM Group Control faders 

StRt Four Stereo Return channels 

BusM Track Bus Masters and Aux Bus Masters 

Comp Master Compressor, Mix Reassign Matrix, Stereo Downmix, 
Foldback Masters, Master Fader(s) 




In all cases, controls that are in different positions from their stored values are highlighted in yellow: 




Offline Trim 

It is possible to trim the overall level of a channel fader without affecting any underlying automation data, as described 
in Section 5. This level is stored in theTR and is displayed in the black box to the left of theTR screen's fader: the 
stored OfflineTrim level is displayed in the top row and the current level in the bottom.The current value turns green 
to indicate that it is above the stored value, and red to indicate that it is below. 

To manually correct the OfflineTrim, press the OFFLINE TRIM button in the AUTOMATION group and turn 
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Resetting Controls 
Automatically Reset Controls 

A double press on a fader status button, or on Set Sel or Set All, will reset all the non-latching functions on 
that channel strip, channel strips selected on the central routing panel, or all channel strips respectively. The non- 
latching functions are: 

Input section buttons 

Dynamics assignment and routing buttons 

EQ and Insert buttons 

Aux on/off and EFX reassign buttons 

Main and Track bus routing 

The Solo Isolate function (indicated by the ISO display beneath theTR display's SOLO button) 

Fader position (indicated by a yellow arrow-head). 

Offline trim position. 

Manually Reset Controls and Auto-Scan 

All latching switches and rotary pots must be reset manually.The AScan (auto-scan) softkey can be used to highlight 
where manual resets are required - when pressed, the console scans all the channels, starting from Channel I, until 
it finds a discrepancy. Correctly reset channels are indicated by their green fader status LED being lit; the first 
channel with any discrepancies is indicated in the centre section TFT screen, as well as by its green fader status LED 
flashing and itsTR display appearing in its bay'sTFT screen. Once the discrepancy has been corrected, auto-scan will 
continue scanning the remaining channels and the centre section. 

Copying and Swapping Settings 



Stored TR Setups can be copied or swapped between channels. The CS softkey is used to select the Copy/Swap 
function between CS (no function), Copy and Swap. Once this button is in the appropriate state, hold down the 
fader status button on the source channel and press the fader status button on the destination channel. The 
source channel will be copied to (or swapped with) the destination channel. 

Note that this function does not overwrite the originalTotal Recall data - changes are reflected in RAM only. 



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Section Cdntents 

Section Cdntents 5-i 

Sectidn Index 5-mi 

dverview 5-1 

Key features 5- 1 

AUTDMATIDN AND PROJECTS 5"3 

Working with Projects and Titles 5-4 

AUTDMATIDN IN THE DUALITY SE REMDTE 5-5 

OPERATION 5-7 

Activating the Automation System 5-7 

List Mix Menu 5-7 

Creating A New Mix Pass 5-8 

Mix Running 5-10 

Dedicated Automation Buttons 5- 1 I 

Join and Revise 5-12 

Discard 5-13 

Updating a Mix Pass 5- 1 3 

Protection Modes 5-14 

Switch Automation 5- 1 6 

AUTDMATIDN DPTIDNS 5- 1 7 

Trim 5- 1 7 

Trim Lok 5- 1 8 

Motors Off 5- 1 8 

Snap Mode 5-19 

AutoTakeover 5- 1 9 

Offline Trim 5-19 

Copy and Swap 5-20 

Fader Links 5-20 

Automation Setup Options 5-22 

Pro Todls Setup Notes 5-23 



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Section Index 









Rename Mix button 


5-5 








REVISE 


5-12 


A 

Absolute mode 
Activating the Automation 


System 


5-8 
5-7 


Rollback 
Rollback Threshold 


5-10 
5-20 


Auto mode 




5-14 


s 




Automation Buttons 
AutoTakeover 




5-11 
5-19 


Safe mode 

Setup Options (Automation) 

Snap Mode 


5-14 
5-22 
5-19 


C 

Changing the selected Mix 
Copy (Automation) 


Pass 


5-7 
5-20 


Swap (Automation) 
Switch Automation 


5-20 
5-16 


Creating A New Mix Pass 




5-8 


T 




CS soft key 




5-20 


Trim 


5-17 


D 






Trim Lok 


5-18 


Delete Mix button 




5-5 


u 




Deleting Mix Passes 
Display soft key 




5-7 
5-15 


Updating a Mix Pass 


5-13 


Duality SE Remote (Automation) 


5-5 






F 










Fader Links 




5-20 






fader status button 




5-15 






FSM soft key 


5-13 


5-15,5-17 






G 










Glide Frames 




5-20 






J 

JOIN 




5-12 






L 










List Mix Menu 




5-7 






M 










Manual mode 




5-8,5-14 






Match 




5-16 






Mix Running 




5-10 






Motors Off 




5-18 






D 










Offline Trim 




5-19 






Operation (Automation) 




5-7 






P 










Play 




5-16 






Pro Tools Setup 




5-23 






Projects (Automation) 




5-3 






Protection Modes 




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DVERVIEW 



Duality SE's automation system is a fully featured package, developed from SSL's renowned G and K Series Ultimation 
systems, but with a feature set designed specifically for Duality SE.The classic SSL look and feel, familiar to thousands 
of engineers worldwide, is utilised to add dynamic fader and switch automation to the console. MTC (MIDI Time 
Code) serves as the mix timeline reference, together with support for MMC (MIDI Machine Control) locate 
commands to follow non-play speed positional changes from the DAW. Mix data is saved to the internal flash memory 
as part of Duality SE's Project system, but may be backed up on your computer via the Duality SE Browser. 

Key features 

Frame accurate fader and switch automation data 

Moving and non moving fader modes 

Trim updates 

Fader links 

Cue/FX Send, EQ and Insert on/off automation 

Mix Pass history 

AutoTakeover 

Variable glide times 

Selectable Protection modes 

Match and Play switch automation updates 

Selective protection of faders and switches 

The system uses the channel bay TFT screens to give a graphical display of fader levels. The centre section TFT is 
used to display the levels of group faders and A, B, C bus master fader levels. 

The automation system is a chargeable option for the Duality SE console, and switch automation is only enabled if 
your console has the Duality SE features enabled. If your console has not been supplied with the full automation 
system, please contact your local SSL representative. 



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AUTDMATIDN AND PROJECTS 



Duality SE uses a logical and intuitive Project-based system within which Mixes andTR Setups can be stored and 
managed. Each Project contains a number ofTitles (think of these as songs, tracks, tunes etc.), and each Title contains 
its own set of Mixes and TR Setups. Data is stored on the inbuilt SD card and can be archived to an external 
computer using the Logictivity Remote, as described in Section 6. 

The Projects system is accessed using the soft keys on the Master Control Panel in conjunction with displays on 
the TFT screen above: 



Current Project 
and Title 



>> indicates that 

the Mix Pass 

number on the left 

is based on the 

Mix Pass number 

on the right 



Left hand encoder 
scrolls through Mix 

Pass list. 
To create a New 

Mix, select 

encoder switch. 

To create a mix 

based on a 

previous mix, 

select that mix and 

press encoder 




Yellow band 
indicates curently 
selected Mix Pass 



Indicates functions 

of top row of 

softkeys 



Indicates functions 

of lower I 6 

softkeys 



Hold down 

Delete and press 

Confirm to 

delete the selected 
Mix 



If you are not familiar with these functions (as used by the Plug-in Editor and other DAW-related functions) please 
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Working with Projects and Titles 

At least one Project andTitle must be present before you can store an automated Mix. Select SSL followed by Proj. 
Now select New Proj and the system will create a new Project andTitle; logically these will be named Project I 
and Title I (if no previous projects exist). 




Proj 


TR 


Auto 


Lnks 


MiSC 




Daw 


SSL 














Del 


Con 



If Projects have been previously created, when you press the Proj key, the screen will display a list of existing 
Projects. Use the left-hand encoder to scroll through the list and when you find the Project you require, press the 
encoder switch (or soft key below the encoder) that represents the Select function.This makes that Project current 
(as indicated by the entry being highlighted in yellow, with the word selected after its name) and reveals the Titles 
in that Project. To create a newTitle in a Project, select New Title. Titles and Projects are automatically numbered 
in sequence of creation. Select Copy Title to copy the selected Title. 

Note that the top line of the display always indicates the current Project and current Title. Use the Select rotary 
control to scroll through lists of Projects, Titles, etc., and the encoder switch to select them. To return at any time 
to the Project list, press the encoder switch for Back. 



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AUTDMATIDN IN THE DUALITY SE REMOTE 



In the Duality SE remote browser (See section 6), the Projects tab provides additional access to the Projects and 
Titles folders described above, and the Mixes tab provides additional access to the Mix list described on the following 
pages. 

In the Mixes tab, it is also possible to delete and rename Mixes in this window. In order to rename a Mix, select the 
Mix and press the Rename Mix button, or right click (or '<Ctrl> click') the file and select Rename'. Enter the 
name then click on OK. 

To delete a Mix, select the Mix and press the Delete Mix button, or right click (or '<Ctrl> click') on the Mix name 
and select 'Delete'. 




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Mix I: 

Mix 2: -> Based an Mix 1 

Mix 3: -> Based ait Mix Z 

Mix 4: ■> Eased aaMix 3 

Mix 5: -> Based aaMix 4 



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Operation 



Activating the Automation System 

Use the softkeys below the centre section TFT to select SSL then Auto. This calls up the main automation display 
with its associated soft key menu (see next page). 



List Mix Menu 

The List Mix menu is the main file menu for the automation system, and shows a list of stored Mix Passes. 




NEW MIX 
Mix Pass 1 
Mix Pass 2 1 
Mix Pass 3 2 




New Mix Passes are auto-numbered starting at T. If a Mix Pass is deleted (see below) then its number will not be 
re-used.The only exception to this is if all Mix Passes are deleted.The numbering will then restart from ' I '. Mix Passes 
can be renamed from the Duality Remote — see Renaming Mix Passes. 

Changing the selected Mix Pass 

The left-hand encoder can be used to scroll through the list of Mix Passes. A yellow cursor band indicates which 
Mix Pass is currently selected for modification. The encoder's push-push switch can be used to either start a New 
Mix, or select a previous Mix Pass. Note that once a Mix is selected, the Mix may take a moment to load. 

Deleting Mix Passes 

Mix Passes can be deleted by selecting the Mix Pass you wish to delete, holding down the Delete soft key and 

pressing the Confirm soft key. 



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Creating A New Mix Pass 

To create a new automated Mix Pass, enter the List Mix menu (shown below) and use the left-hand encoder to 
highlight the New Mix entry. 



Project 16 :: Title 1 



Mix Enabled 




Proj 


TR 


Auto 


Lnks 


Misc 




Daw 


SSL 


Trim 


Moff 


TLock 


Snap 


AT 






CS 



Now press the encoder switch or the Select soft key to select the New Mix Setup page. 



Project 16 :: Title 1 Mx Enabiec 






New Mix 

Select Protect to change protection modes 

Press Execute to continue 




Execute Protect Cancel 
Misc 1 TR 1 Auto 1 Lnks 1 Misc 1 1 Daw 1 SSL 




Trim 1 Moff 1 TLock 1 Snap 1 AT CS 





All the channel faders will enter Absolute mode, as indicated by a red LED next to each fader. Depending on the 
Show channel names option selected in the SSL / Misc / Setup menu (see Automation Setup 

Options), the current automation status for each fader may be displayed in the scribble strip above the fader, 
replacing the standard 'Fader ##' label. 

Select Protect to disconnect controls from the automation system - see below for more details. 



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Automated mode: 
Manual mode: 



Red LED.AII automated moves are written at the current fader position. 

No LEDs.The fader operates as a monitor fader only, ie. no information will be 
written to memory. 



Pressing the CANCEL button (in the 'AUTOMATION' group above the 'TRANSPORT buttons) twice quickly will 
return you to the List Mix page. See Dedicated Automation Buttons for more information. 

To start a Mix, press the Execute key. The screen flips to show a bargraph display of fader levels for the eight 
centre section group master faders and the three A, B, C mix Bus Master faders. Channel fader levels are shown on 
the channel bay TFT displays. 




Misc 


TR 


Auto 


Lnks 


Misc 




Daw 


SSL 1 


Trim 


Moff 


TLock 


Snap 


AT 






cs | 



The system saves a global 'static' reference Mix of each fader level and switch status when the Execute key is 
pressed. This is useful because it allows you to locate before the start of the Mix and recover your original levels 
(ie. reference Mix). 

If you are writing automation in a section that had no previous mix data, when you drop out of Write the faders 
will return to their original levels. 



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Mix Running 

Press Play on the DAW to move forward. Check that timecode on the screen matches that of the DAW — if 
Duality SE is not reading MTC, it will not record any mix data. 

Note that when doing the first Mix Pass, it is important to start the Pass at the beginning of the song/track. 

As soon as the automation system has locked to the MIDI timecode (MTC), the mix status display will indicate'Mix 
Running'. Simply operate the faders and switches to write your Mix as required, and the fader moves and switch 
data will be recorded.The DAW may be toggled freely between Stop and Play - if Fast Forward is used or the DAW 
is located forward, the automation data will be extended to the new position when the DAW returns to Play. 

To abort the current Mix at any time, press the Discard soft key or the dedicated DISCARD button in the 
'AUTOMATION' group above the TRANSPORT' buttons. To save the current Mix to flash memory and return to 
the Mix List, press the End softkey or the dedicated END button in the 'AUTOMATION' group. For more on the 
other buttons in this group, see Dedicated Automation Buttons. 

Mix Review 

At any time you can rewind the system, and as soon as the DAW is located to an earlier time and valid MTC or a 
MMC locate position command is received, the mix system enters 'Mix Review'. All faders will switch to Replay 
status (all LEDs are off). This operation is known as a 'rollback'. 




Misc 


TR 


Auto 


Lnks 


Misc 




Daw 


SSL 


Trim 


Moff 


TLock 


Snap 


AT 






cs 



Mix Running: displayed while writing new automation data. 

Mix Review: displayed when you replay previous automation data. 

The number after Mix Review (in this case 23) indicates the number of times you have rolled back in the current 
Mix. 

When the DAW returns to Play, previously written automation data is replayed. Whilst in Mix Review you may 
rollback as many times as required to allow the Mix to be built up fader by fader. Each time a rollback takes place, 
the rollback counter in the mix status display increments. Faders in Write at a rollback point will automatically 
switch to Write when the system plays through the rollback point. 



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Dedicated Autdmatidn Buttdns 

A group of dedicated automation buttons are provided in the centre section, just above the transport buttons: 



TRIM 



MOTORS 
OFF 



TRIM 
LOK 



SNAP 



AUTO 
T/OVER I 



OFFLINE 

TRIM 




DISCARD 





END 




REVISE 


II 


JOIN 




ALL 
REPLAY 










H CANCEL 

















1 > 

1 > 




STOP 




PLAY 






< 















A double-press on the CANCEL button cancels a Mix and returns you to the Mix List page. Pressing the END 
button saves the current Mix to flash memory and also returns you to the Mix List. 

Pressing the ALL REPLAY button simply puts all faders and switches which are inWrite into Replay status, which 
is useful for flipping all the currently recording controls into Replay without stopping or rewinding. 

The other buttons in this group are described on the following pages. 



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Join and Revise 

At any time during Mix Review, the JOIN button can be used to switch all channels that were in Write at the last 
rollback point, back into Write at the levels or state they were at the rollback point. This is useful, for example, 
when balancing levels in a chorus. Once you have achieved the right balance, simply rollback before the start of the 
chorus, go into Play, hit JOIN at the start of the chorus and the levels will drop into Write at the level set before 
rollback. 

The REVISE button has a similar action except that all channels in Write at the rollback point are returned to Write 
at their current Mix position. This is useful when you are mixing a particular section, but have made a small mistake. 
Just rollback before the mistake, hit REVISE and channels will immediately go into Write at the current fader level, 
allowing you to overwrite the mistake. 



Here is an exaggerated graphic representation of both functions: 



JOIN FUNCTION 



Will jump to rollback level when 
Join Is pressed and write new 
data 



REVISE FUNCTION 




Will stay at current mix level when 
Revise Is pressed and write new 
date 




Press the Revise Key 



Rollback Paint 



Slart Press trie Join Key Rollback Point Start 

— Original Automation 

New Automation 

Multiple rollback memories are supported so that successive operations of JOIN or REVISE can return different 
sets of faders back to Write, if multiple rollbacks have taken place: 



JOIN 



Mix Review 

Rollback 
Point 2 



Rollback 
Point 1 



Mix Running 

Global 
Rollback Point 



■Time 



Pass 1 (All channels in Absolute) 



■*T Pass 2 (Channels 1 -6 in Absolute) 
I 



Pass 3 (Channels 7-8 in Absolute) 



Pass 4 



To return all faders to Absolute, use the JOIN or REVISE buttons until the 'global' rollback memory is reached, 
at which point all faders will return to Write either at their current position (REVISE), or at the levels they had 
at the global rollback point (JOIN). 



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Discard 

If the system is in play or stopped following a rollback operation, pressing the Discard soft key, or the dedicated 
DISCARD button, clears any data recorded since the start of the rollback Pass and restores the active rollback 
points from the previous Pass. 



Updating a Mix Pass 



Project 16 :: Title 1 



Mx Enabled 



Set fader write mode using switches or FSM key 

Select Protect to change protection modes 

Press Execute to continue 



Misc 


TR 


Auto 


Luks 


Misc 




Daw 


SSL 


Trim 


Moff 


TLock 


Snap 


AT 






CS 



To update a Mix Pass, first select the desired Mix on the List Mix page by scrolling with the left-hand rotary encoder 
and pressing the encoder switch. 

***Mix #*** will be displayed, and the selected Mix will now become the reference Mix. 

The FSM (Fader Status Master) soft key will toggle all faders between Absolute and Replay orTrim and Replay (see 
below for more on Trim status) 



The channel fader switch will toggle individual faders between Absolute and 
Replay orTrim and Replay (see below for more on Trim status) 




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Prdtectidn Mddes 

Each component which is included in the automation can be protected globally, on a per-channel basis, or individually. 
This is done in the Protection Mode page, accessed by pressing the Protect softkey. 



Project 16 :: Title 1 



Mx Enabled 



Protection Mode 

Set protection mode using switches and FSM key 

Select Display to show mode of individual controls 

Turn off Protect to continue 



Misc 


TR 


Auto 


Lnks 


Misc 


| Daw 


SSL 1 


Cut 


EQ 


Ins 


Cue 


Fxl 


Fx2 | Fx3 


Fx4 1 



When you update a previously stored Mix, three different data protection modes become available: Auto, Safe 
and Manual. 

Auto (Red fader status LED) Automation data is replayed and can be over-written, either using the fader 
touch sensor (motor faders on), or by pressing the fader status button. 

Safe (Green fader status LED) Existing fader and switch automation data can be protected with the Safe 

option. When channels are in Safe, automation data is replayed but no data can be written to these 
channels. 

Manual (No fader status LED) Existing automation data is protected but not played back. The fader and 
switches affect the audio in the normal way but movements will not be written to the automation. 

Note that in a new mix, Safe mode is not available. 

When the Protect screen is active, the lower row of softkeys become selection softkeys for the automatable 
switches (Cut, EQ, Ins (insert), Cue and Fxl to Fx4),and the top left softkey now displays SetFader (as shown 
above).These nine softkeys select which controls will be affected by the FSM softkey and the fader status buttons 
which are used to cycle through the available Protection Modes, on a global basis (FSM softkey) or on a per-channel 
basis (the fader status buttons). In either case all the selected controls in the channel will be set to the displayed 
mode. 

For example, to set all of the faders and CUT switches to Safe mode, activate only the SetFader and Cut softkeys 
and use the FSM softkey to cycle the Scribble Strip to Safe. Alternatively, to set the 'EQ In' switch on channel I 
to Auto mode, activate only the EQ softkey and press Channel I's fader status button to cycle the Scribble Strip 
to Auto. 

When the Protect screen is active, all automated controls can be reset to the same mode by pressing and holding 
the FSM softkey. 



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To display which controls are in each mode, press the Display softkey - the three Protection Modes will be shown 
in the lower left-hand softkeys. Pressing one of these mode softkeys will cause the LEDs for all controls which are 
in that mode become lit. (The fader status LED now lights to indicate when the fader's current mode is selected, 
regardless of whether or not that mode is Auto.) Pressing any individual controls (or in the case of the fader, the 
fader status button) will cause them to be assigned to that mode, as indicated by the Scribble Strip display. 

For example, if the Manual mode softkey is pressed, pressing a channel's FXI on/off switch will cause that switch 
to be put into Manual mode, and the Scribble Strip for that channel will display Fxl M. 

Summary df fader status and FSM functions: 

Note that the fader status buttons and LEDs and the FSM softkey fill a variety of functions: 

- When in Mix Enabled, a red LED indicates Write, a green LED indicates Trim (see below) and no LEDs 
indicates Replay. The FSM softkey and fader status buttons switch any faders and switches in Auto-mode 
between Write and Replay (or, if Trim is active, between Trim and Replay). 

- When the Protect screen is active, a red LED indicates Auto, a green LED indicates Safe and no LED 
indicates Manual Protection mode. The FSM softkey and fader status buttons switch any faders and 
switches which have been selected in the screen between Protection modes. 

- When in Protect / Display, a lit LED (red for Auto or Manual, green for Safe) indicates that the 
channel fader is in the Protection mode which is currently displayed. The fader status buttons can be used 
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Switch Autdmatidn 

Pressing any automatable switch (Cut, EQ, Ins (insert), Cue and Fx I to Fx4) will toggle its state and automatically 
start writing data (the rec LED by the fader will light). The switches can be returned to Replay either by rolling back 
or by pressing the Play button on the fader followed by the switch which is in Write. All channel switches can be 
returned with a double-press of the Play button. 

The states of these channel switches are stored separately from the fader data. Switch data is stored regardless of 
the current fader status unless the switch has been put into Safe mode at the start of the Mix Pass. Whenever a 
channel or group function is in Write, the fader's rec LED will light. 

Pressing the fader-based Match button, followed by an automatable switch, drops that switch into Write without 
changing the current state of the switch. Match and Play are mutually exclusive. If one is active, selecting the 
alternate function cancels the first one. 

Using Match and Play to correct a switch 

If you have pressed a switch in the wrong place, simply move the DAW to a position before the error, put the DAW 
into Play, select Match and press the switch to automatically drop into Write without changing the stored state of 
the switch at that point (see diagram below for the CUT switch).When the switch operation has been overwritten, 
select Play and press the switch again to return to the previous automation state. 



CUT UNCUT 



CUT UNCUT 



ERROR 



MATCH & CUT 



PLAY & CUT 



■Xr 




■Xr 



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Trim 

Trim status (AKA Relative) originates from VCA (non-moving fader) automation systems and uses the fader to add 
or subtract level from existing moves. It achieved this by setting up a 'null' fader position and then any subsequent 
moves trim the existing data by the amount of positive or negative change from the null point. Trim is useful, for 
example, when you have a automated a complex vocal line that needs raising by 2dB. Rather than trying to re-write 
all the moves again, simply rollback, hit the TRIM button (in the 'AUTOMATION' group), and then move the fader 
up by 2dB (the fader automatically enters Trim mode when it is moved, as indicated by the green fader status LED). 
Locate to the end of the vocal line that needs this level increase, and press the END button to commit the trim to 
a Mix Pass. 



New Automation 




Original 
Automation 



The brown (upper) line in this illustration shows the effect 
of the trim. 

Once the TRIM function is selected (button is lit),faders 
can be put into Trim status at anytime in Mix Running or in 
Mix Review using the fader status buttons, except during 
the first Pass of a new Mix. Channel trim levels are shown 
in the electronic scribble strip, and Group/Master trim levels 
are shown underneath the fader levels in the Centre 
Section TFT screen. 



If Trim is selected at the start of an Update Mix, the FSM soft key will toggle all faders between Replay and Trim. 

Trim can be used with the fader motors on or off (see Motors Off). If the motors are on, the null point will be 
the fader position prior to selecting the fader status button, or touching the fader. If the motors are off, the fader 
can be positioned at any suitable reference point on the scale, before entering Trim update status by pressing the 
fader status button. Duality SE's automation system features SSL's 'auto-nulling' feature so that each time Trim is 
re-enabled, a new null point is set (unless Trim Lok has been selected - see below). When writing a trimmed move, 
the trim value in dBs is displayed in the scribble strip above the fader. 

Using the AutoTakeover and Snap functions (see below) in conjunction with a Trim update allows a seamless 
or smooth return to the stored mix data. 

When Join is used with faders in Trim at the rollback point, any Trim offset will be retained and written from the 
point that the JOIN button is pressed. Revise returns any fader in Trim at the rollback point back to Write but 
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Trim Ldk 

Trim Lok (only available in 'Motors Off' mode — see below) defeats the auto nulling feature provided for the 
standard Trim function, and 'locks' the null point to the position that the fader was in when Trim was first enabled 
in the current Mix Pass.This enables a defined trim offset to be repeatedly punched in and out throughout subsequent 
Mix Passes. 

Select this function by pressing the TRIM LOK button in the 'AUTOMATION' group. When TRIM LOK is 
deselected, any stored nulled points are cleared. AutoTakeover (see below) can be used when Trim Lok is active. 
However Snap and Motors Off are mutually exclusive. 



TRIM IN SNAP MODE 



Fader released 



T 1 - 



XXI 



Level not 
exact 



Fader moved 
Status key pressed again 



TRIM WITH TLOCK 



Level is exact 



Stalus key pressed 

As an example of Trim Lok, how about bringing up the level of some of guitar licks in a track. If Trim is used in with 
Snap mode, the fader can be raised and let go repeatedly, returning to the previous level. However, it is difficult to 
get an identical increase in level each time, when you do this manually. If you select TRIM LOK, the reference value 
will be set, and the fader will be moved to the correct raised level. Every time you press the fader status button, 
the fader will jump to that level and, when pressed again, it will return to the reference value. Note that there will 
be no glide times but the maximum value will be identical each time. 



MDTDRS Dff 

This mode suspends the motorised playback of mix data via the moving faders. In 'Motors Off — select the 
MOTORS OFF button in the 'AUTOMATION' group — the faders emulate aVCA automation system. MOTORS 
OFF automatically activates the Fader Links SuspdAII function (see later) and can only be selected if the grouping 
mode is set toVCA in SSL/Misc/Setup. 



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Snap Mode 

Snap mode uses the fader touch sensor to control both the start and end of a fader update — for fast hands-on 
changes to mix levels.When the fader is released, it ramps back to the previous mix level at a user-determined rate 
(see Glide Frames), then returns to Replay. 



New Automation 




End Point -^when fader is 

released it ramps back to 

the previous mix level 

— Glide time can be set in 
the Setup menu 



Original 
Automation 



Snap mode can be overridden on any channel by pressing the fader button while still touching the fader knob. On 
releasing the fader, the channel while stay in Absolute or Trim until a subsequent fader button press returns the 
channel to Replay.This write/replay transition will include the ramped Snap glide if enabled in the setup menu (see 
Glide Frames for more detail). 

AutdTakedver 

To avoid a level jump when dropping out of Write, AutoTakeover introduces nulling indication arrows to display 
the direction to move the fader to match the underlying mix level. When AutoTakeover has been selected, 
these nulling indicators can be displayed in the scribble strip for channel faders, and in the Centre Section TFT 
screen for Group and Master faders, by pressing the channel's the fader status button.When the fader crosses the 
current mix level, it is automatically returned to Replay and disconnected from the audio gain element.The fader 
returns to following the mix data as soon as it is physically released. 



New Automation 



End Point — when 
status switch is pressed 

Scribble strip indicates 
direction to move fader 
back to Hs original 
position 




Manual glide turns 
automation off once the 
original level is matched 



Original 
Automation 



Dffline Trim 

It is possible to trim the overall level of a channel fader without affecting the underlying automation data.To do this, 
press the OFFLINE TRIM button in the AUTOMATION group, and use the channel D-pots to trim the channel 
gain. When a trim has been introduced, the OFFLINE TRIM button flashes and the LED below the relevant D- 
Pots lights. This level is stored and can be recalled via the consoleTR setup, as described in Section 4. 

To reset all OfflineTrims to OdB, press and hold the OFFLINE TRIM button. To reset individual channels, to OdB 
push the D-Pot switch. 



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Copy and Swap 

Copy and Swap (CS in the Auto menu) are used to interchange or transfer mix data between channels.The required 
function is selected by pressing the CS soft key to toggle between the two modes. 

Copy is displayed as Copy, Swap as Swap. Select the function required, hold down the source channel fader 
button while you press the destination channel fader button. While the fader buttons are active, 'src' and 'dest' 
will be displayed in the scribble strip above each fader. Note that you can only Copy or Swap automation data when 
the system is in Mix Running or Mix Review. 

The Copy function copies data to a single channel only. To copy the same data to multiple channels, repeat the Copy 
operation as many times as required. 

The mix data generated by a Copy or Swap is not saved until the current Mix Pass is 'Ended'. 

Fader Links 

Fader Links are a useful method of ganging channels without the complexity of a Master/Slave style grouping system. 
With a Fader Link, any fader or non-latching switch operation can be applied to all the channels in the link. 

Faders retain any existing level offsets, provided no fader in the link reaches the upper or lower extremes of the 
fader scale. If any member of a link reaches the end of its physical travel, no member of the link can move beyond 
this point.To access Fader Links, press the Lnks soft key next to the Auto key. 



Project 16 :: Title 1 


Fader Links 




New Link 

Fader Link 1 

Fader Link 2 switches linked 


V 




Fader Link 3 








SuspdSel SuspdAII Dele 


e Confirm 






I Pro] I TR 1 Auto 1 Links 1 Misc 1 


1 SSL 




1 ChSws 1 







While the CUT and SOLO switches are always included in Fader Linking along with the Fader, it is possible to 
exclude the remaining automated channel switches from the Link: with a fader link highlighted in the Lnks page, 
press the ChSws softkey.When switches are included in the Link, switches linked is displayed after the fader 
link name on the screen (as shown for Link 2 above) 



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To set up a new link, scroll to New Link and press the D-pot push switch. This will create a new entry in the list 
suffixed with a number.This entry will be automatically highlighted, and faders can be added to (or removed from) 
the link by pressing their fader status buttons. Link numbers are shown in the fader scribble strip and the red fader 
status LEDS will indicate those faders in the currently selected link. 

To adjust balance of a link, hold one fader whilst moving another.This automatically isolates the second fader from 
the link whilst the remaining faders continue to track the first fader touched. 

When the Links page is not active, pressing the SHOW LINKS button to the left of the Eyeconix button causes 
the Links to be displayed in the Scribble Strip. 

The SHOW LINKS button is automatically selected when the Links page is active. 

As far as the automation system is concerned, switch and fader operations performed in one channel will cause that 
function in every channel in the link to go into Write. Links can be dissolved at any time, but all the automation data 
will still play out correctly. 

To edit any existing links, scroll to and select the link. Channels can be added or removed as described above. 

SuspdSel/SuspdAll 

Links can be globally or individually suspended at anytime. A link that is suspended will allow you to move all the 
faders in the link independently. If a link is highlighted, then the SuspdSel key will deactivate the selected link and 
'suspended' will be shown next to the link number. SuspdAII suspends all links in the list.The 'Motors Off function 
automatically activates the SuspdAII function. 

Deleting Links 

To delete a link, select and highlight it, then use the Delete and Confirm keys. 

Saving Mix Passes td ydur DAW Prdject 

Mix Passes are stored in Duality SE's internal flash memory when you 'End' a Mix, are saved to Duality SE's flash 
memory in the Mixes folder in the current Title. They can be backed up as part of a console Project - see section 
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AUTDMATIDN SETUP DPTIDNS 

The following entries in the SSL / Misc / Setup menu are used to configure automation operations: 



Glide frames: 



Rollback threshold frames: 



In Mix show: 



Mix Update Mode: 



Automated switches turn off on: 



Sets the ramp time in frames for the automation SNAP mode, (range 
- 255) 

Sets the number of consecutive, decrementing frames that the system 
needs to see to determine if a Rollback has taken place. The range is 
2 - 10; the default is 2 frames. Increase as required if a Rollback occurs 
when you stop the timecode master. 

When using the automation, you have a choice of what is displayed on 
the consoles channel scribble strips (and below the Group and 
Master fader levels in the Centre Section TFT screen). The choices 
are: 

Automation Mode: displays the status of the faders -Auto, Safe or 
Manual; 

Channel names in Mix running: displays the channel names once 
Execute is pressed in automation, 

Channel names: displays the channels names regardless. 

Sets the default automation mode at the start of an update Mix 
(Replay /Absolute /Trim). 

Select whether the off function of automatable switches is sent on 
the down-press or release of the button (Press / Release). 



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Pro Todls Setup Ndtes 



To set up timecode generation, go to Setup / Session and select the MTC option: 



Sample Hat* 44.1 kHz 
Bit Depth: 24-bit 



Audio Format: BWF (.WAV) 



3 



Clock5ource: | 5YNC 

5ystem Delay: — 

t SYNC Setup A Time Code Offsets 

5YNC Setup 

Clock Reference: j Video Reference (5D) t ] 
Positional Reference: ' Generate * ' 



Session Start: 00:00:00:00 
Incoming Time: 00:00:00:00 
Time Code Rate: l^~25 Tl 



Feet-r Frames Rate: [ 24 
Time Code 2 Rate: I 30 



T) 



T) 



External Time Code Offsets 



MMC MM MM MM MM 



Video Ref Format: | PAL 
Video In Format: PAL 



Link ■ 



9-Pin: 00:00:00:00 



I — Video 



5ync: 00:00:00:00 



Satellite: 00:00:00:00 



V50 



0.00 semitones. cents 
1 5peedCal:Q 



' Time Code Settings 

Generator Freewheel 

D Using SYNC @ None 

Using MTC Q 8 frames 

O Jam 5ync 

Time Code Reader Offset: 



Pull Up/ Down 



Audio Rate Pull Up/Down: 



None 



T] 



Video Rate Pull Up/Down: 



| NDn 



samples 



Now go to Setup / Peripherals and select the Synchronisation tab. Select the port on the MIDI interface 
that is connected to Duality SE's physical MIDI port 8 or select ipMIDI Port 14 .Also select the timecode rate for 
the session and the session start time. 

It is essential to make a note of the timecode standard that was used for a particular Duality SE mixing 
projectThe automation system automatically detects the timecode standard from the incoming MTC 
messages. It will quite happily attempt to play out stored mix data to incoming timecode with a different 
frame rate, but this will result in small but potentially annoying timing errors in automation playback. 



Peripherals 












1 Synchronization Machine Control MIDI Controllers Ethernet Controllers Mic Preamps 


Satellites 






MTC Reader And Generator 












MTC Reader Port: | SYNC 




MTC Generator Port: \ ipMIDI. Port 14 i \ 
Digidesign Synchronization Device 




@J Enable SYNC Peripheral Current Firmware Version: 1.1.4 




@J VITC Insertion Enabled LTC Output Level;! -3 dBu % | 




D Pitch Memory Enabled VITC Read Lines: 1 Automatic i \ 
3 Idle MTC Enabled VITC Generate Lines:! 14. 16 i\ 




Bi-Phase/Tach Wiring:' Bi-phas:FWD=AldsB t| 




Bi-Phase/Tach Pulses/Frame 100 ( Reset Bi-Phase ) 
Enable Dub Window 




Vertical Position: 1 20%FrmBtm t ] Size:[ Large i ] 




Horizontal Position:! Center * j Color: WhtnBlckBk t 1 












( Cancel ) ( 


OK ) 





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To set up MMC locates, select the Machine Control tab in Setup / Peripherals: 



Peripherals 



Synchronization Machine Control MIDI Controllers Ethernet Controllers Mic Preamps Satellites ' 



MIDI Machine Control (Master) 
















ID 
127 


PrerDll: 


90 


frames 


Enable [ ipMIDI.Port 14 


■H 



MIDI Machine Control Remote (Slave) 



ID 
D Enable 127 

9-Pin Machine Control (Deck Control) 



Port 



Machine Type 



'_ Enable ' None 



Preroll: ISO frames 



^J Use Serial Time Code For Positional Reference 

(Serial Time Code Requires SYNC With Video Clock Reference) 



9-Pin Remote (Deck Emulation) 




Port Machine Type 


D Chase LTC 


IZ 1 Enable None £ ] \ BVW-75 



( Cancel ) ( OK ") 



Enable MIDI Machine Control and select the Port on the MIDI Interface that is connected to Duality SE's Port 8 
MIDI IN. Leave the ID as 127 (this sends to all connected devices). 

Now go to Setup / Preferences and enable the top two options in the left-hand list.This ensures that the MMC 
locate messages are transmitted correctly from Pro Tools: 



Pro Tools Preferences 



Display Operation Editing Mixing Processing MIDI Synchronization ' 



Machine Control 




@ Machine Chases Memory Location 




@ Machine Follows Edit Insertion/Scrub 

I il 




'_' Machine Cues Intelligently 


Z 1 Stop at Shuttle Speed Zero 




Z 1 Non-Linear Transport Error Suppression 




Delay before Locking to Time Code: 


frames 



Synchronization 



Minimum Sync Delay: 
D 5table LTC Source 



60 Frames 



Remote Mode 




'_ Ignore Track Arming 




'_' Set Servo Lock Bit at Play (Tamura Support) 




'^2 Allow Track Arm Commands in Local Mode 




Punch In Frame Offset: 


frames 


Punch Out Frame Offset: 


frames 


Delay after Play Command: 


frames 



( Cancel ) ( OK ^ 



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Finally, in Setup / Preferences: 





1 Display Operation Editing Mixing Processing MIDI Synchronization 




Transport 


Record 






@ Timeline Insertion/ Play Start Marker Fallows Playback 

Edit Insertion Follows Scrub/5 huttle 

Audio During Fast Forward /Rewind 

|vf Play Start Marker Follows Timeline Selection 

Q Reserve Voices For Preview In Context 

Custom Shuttle Lock Speed: SOO % 

Back/ Forward Amount: 


@J Latch Record Enable Buttons 

|Vj Link Record and Play Faders 

|Vj Audio Track RecordLock 

[J ] Transport RecordLock 

|vf Disable "Input" when Disarming Track (In "Stop") 

Mute Record-Armed Tracks while 5topped 

Q PEC /Direct Style Input Monitoring 

Online Options: 

© Record Online at Time Code (or ADAT) Lock 
Record Online at Insertion /Selection 

Open-Ended Record Allocation: 
© Use AH Available Space 
Limit to: 60 minutes 




2| 0| 000 ' Bars:Beats t ] 
Numeric Keypad: 
© Classic 

Transport '_' Use Separate Play and 5top Keys 
Shuttle 

Video 






DestructivePunch File Length:^ 25 minutes 

Misc 

Auto Region Fade In/Out Length: msec 
Calibration Reference Level: - IS dB 




QuickTime Playback Priority: | Medium I 1 
1 ' High Quality QuickTime Image 

Auto Backup 

I - J Enable Session File Auto Backup 

Keep: LO most recent backups 
Backup every: 5 minutes 




Delay Compensation Time Mode: | Samples C ' 














( Cancel ) ( OK ) 











When mixing with Duality SE, it is advisable to enable the first two options in the left-hand list (see above). This 
ensures that a Rollback will occur following a locate or rewind operation in Pro Tools. If these options are not 
enabled, then Pro Tools does not send a locate command following a Stop command even though the desk counter 
will show the position that Play last occurred from, and where Play will resume from. The automation Rollback will 
then occur when the system is returned to play, which can be disconcerting. Enabling the option ensures that 
Rollbacks occur prior to entering Play but at the expense of defeating the Pro Tools feature of automatically returning 
to the last Play position following the Stop command. 

Please note: 

• If you are not connecting via Ethernet the standard MIDI port 8 can be used. 



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Section Cdntents 



Section Cdntents 

Sectidn Index 

Introduction 

Configuring the Duality Remote 

Installing the Application 

A note on Java 

Connecting Duality SE to the Computer 

Projects Tab 

Copying Titles, Total Recall and Mix data between Projects 
Renaming Projects, Titles, Mixes or Total Recall Setups 
Backing up a Project 
Restoring a Project 

Mixes Tab 
Tdtal Recall Tab 
Channel Tabs 
Externals Tab 
About Tab 



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A 




About Tab 


6-9 


B 




Backing up a Project 


6-4 


C 




Channel Tabs 


6-7 


Configuring the Remote 


6-1 


Connecting to the Computer 


6-2 


Copying project data 


6-3 


D 




Delete Mix 


6-5 


Delete Setup 


6-6 


DHCP 


6-1 


E 




Externals Tab 


6-8 


1 

Installing the Application 


6-1 


IP address 


6-1 


J 




Java 


6-1 


M 




Mixes Tab 


6-5 


P 




Projects Tab 


6-3 


R 




Rename Mix 


6-5 


Rename Setup 


6-6 


Renaming projects and titles 


6-3 


Restoring a Project 


6-4 


S 




Set fader name 


6-7 


T 




Time and Date 


6-9 


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SECTIDN 6: DUALITY REMDTE 



INTRDDUCTIDN 

The Duality SE console allows the use of a remote browser which provides a one-stop external solution for archiving 
and retrieval of automation and Total Recall data along with session management functions. Users can also use this 
application to add Eyeconix images to their consoles TFT screens, allowing at a glance identification of track sources. 

Configuring the Duality Remdte 



First download and install the Duality Remote application to the Mac or PC you intend to manage your Duality SE 
from. 



Installing the Application 

If you do not yet have the Duality Remote application for Duality SE, you can download it from the SSL website: 
http:llwww.solidstatelogic.comlmusiddualityldownloads.asp 



Note that you must be registered to enter this area. 



The files are listed under Duality Java Applications. There are separate files for PC and Macintosh computers 
- the PC version is a .zip archive, so simply double click to unzip it; the Macintosh version is a .dmg file, which can 
be extracted by double clicking also. 

Once successfully unpacked you should then have a stand alone Java application called 'Solid State Logic 
Duality'. 

A NDTE DN JAVA 

The Duality Remote application is Java based and compatible with Mac OS 10.4 and above and Windows 2000, XP 
and Vista. 

If you do not have Java on your computer then please visit and download it from: www.java.com 

The Remote requires Java Runtime Environment Version 5.0, or above. 

The above URL will also verify your computer's currently installed Java environment. 

The console normally connects directly to a DHCP server to assign it's IP address. The computer and console 
should be connected to a network with a DHCP server. If you wish to use a fixed IP address, go to SSL / Misc / 
Net and select the Fixed softkey.The fixed address can be changed using the terminal diagnostic port on the rear 
of the console. See the following page for details. 



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Connecting Duality SE td the Computer 

Duality SE is the first analogue console to feature an IP address. This allows any standard personal computer (Mac 
or PC) to connect to your console. 

To do this you will need to establish a small local Network. Refer to Section 4 of the Duality Installation Guide - 
see Section 8 of this manual or the separate document supplied with your console - for further information. 



Connecting to Duality SE 

If this is the first time the remote has been used, click on the Q^ symbol - you will then be presented with pop- 
up displaying the available consoles' serial numbers: 






Click on Find. 








Find | 


Product 




SIRtUG 


Select 




Duality SH L 
Duality SN £ 


Online 
Online 




■ 





Click on the Select checkbox for your console and press OK.When you launch the Duality Remote subsequently 
it will automatically search and connect to the selected console. To change the console you are connected to click 
on the C\ symbol again and select a different console. 

Any existing data stored on your console should now be visible in the remote. The currently selected Project and 
Title will be displayed at the bottom of the remote, along with the consoles serial number and the available disk 
space. 

The following tabs will be visible: 

PROJECTS: 

This shows a traditional "tree" file structure and architecture listing Projects stored on the console. On the right 
of the display you can also enter Project and Title information as well as session notes. 

MIXES: 

A list of Mixes associated with the currently selected Title. 

TOTAL RECALL: 

A list of Total Recall data stored for the currently selected Title. 

CHANS 1-24, 25-48 etc.: 

These fields allow you to enter names for theTFT Channel displays on the console and also assign Eyeconix images. 

EXTERNALS: 

Allows you to rename the Ext A and B sources. These will appear on your consoles monitor selection. 

ABOUT: 

This contains some additional information and functions. 



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Projects Tab 

After launching Duality Remote the Projects tab will appear: 




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Projects 


Notes 




a ; Projects j*" 
B ■ Prefect 1 
B M Project 2 
B3 £ Project 3 
H Preyed 4 
B H karen 
El ■ karen iFlesrored j, 
B M Project 7 
ij ^ Project a 
B ■ Project 9 
b fl Project 10 
B ■ Project 11 
B j Project 12 
B _ , Project 2 iRestofefJ) 
B ^ Abbey Road 
+1 __, Sqt Pepper 
B — Revolver 
B — Rubber 5oul 
B ■ Help 

B j warn Test Project 1 
m ■ ARMS 
B ■ WAFILEYMLJ5IC 


Name: 
Artist 

Client: 
Summary 




Project L 


1 




l 




1 






Nairn: 

Englrwer 
Assistant 
Summary. 
Notes: 




Title 1 


1 




1 




1 




1 










Save | | Undo 




Clicking on the '+' (or ' **iP') sign to the left of the Projects folder will list all available Projects. Clicking the '+' (or 
' T^') sign to the left of one of the listed Projects will expand the folder to show the Titles contained in the folder. 
Expanding aTitle folder will show folders for Mix Passes, Total Recalls and any Eyeconix icons used in that Title. 

Cdpying Titles, Tdtal Recall and Mix data between Projects 

To copy data between folders select and drag the file or folder you wish to copy to your destination folder or right 
click and select Copy/Paste. Note that any existing names will not be kept when copying data between projects 
or titles - the system will automatically name the copy with the next available default name (e.g Mix 5). 

You can copy complete Titles to Projects and copy Mixes andTR setups between Mix Passes andTotal Recall folders. 
You cannot copy entire Mix Pass or Total Recall folders. 

You will be asked for confirmation when copying data and given the opportunity to cancel. 

Renaming Prdjects, Titles, Mixes dr Tdtal Recall Setups 

In order to rename a file or folder, right click (or '<Ctrl> click') the file or folder and select 'Rename'. Enter the 
name then click on OK. 



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Backing up a Project 

To create a .zip backup of the project, right click (or '<Ctrl> click') on the project name and select 'Backup 
Project'. A pop-up will appear asking for a name and location to which to save the .zip file. 



Restoring a Prdject 

To restore a .zip backup of a project, right click (or '<Ctrl> click'), on the top-level 'Projects' folder, then select 
'Restore Project'. A pop-up will appear asking for the name of the .zip file to restore to the Projects list- click 
on the desired project to select it. The restored project will be restored under it's original name followed by 
"(restored project)"; Projects with the same name will not be overwritten. 



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Mixes Tab 



This page shows a list of Mixes associated with the currently selected Title, as well as which mix each is based on.. 

It is also possible to delete and rename Mixes in this window. In order to rename a Mix, select the mix and press 
the Rename Mix button, or right click (or'<Ctrl> click') the file or folder and select 'Rename'. Enter the name 
then click on OK. 

To delete a Mix, select the mix and press the Delete Mix button, or right click (or'<Ctrl> click') on the Mix name 
and select 'Delete'. 



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Mix I: -> Based on Mix 1 

Mix 3: -=■ Based dp Mix 2 

MIX 4: •> Based M Mix 3 

Mix 5: -> Based on Mix * 



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Tdtal Recall Tab 

Here you can rename and delete any Total Recall data from the currently selected Title. 

In order to rename a setup, select the setup and press the Rename Setup button, or right click (or '<Ctrl> 
click') the setup and select 'Rename'. Enter the name then click on OK. 

To delete a setup, select the mix and press the Delete Setup button, or right click (or '<Ctrl> click') on the setup 
name and select 'Delete'. 



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Channel Tabs 

The Chans I to 24, Chans 25 to 48, Chans 49 to 72 and Chans 73 to 96 tabs allow the user to assign 
small images (eyecons) and names to console channels. The system is supplied with a number of standard eyecons. 
Others can be added by the user - see below. 

To insert a picture onto the channel's Eyeconix meter section, click on the required graphic in the left hand list and 
drag it to the rectangle above the channel name. If you want to name the channel after the Eyeconix, check the Set 
fader name box beneath the Eyeconix list before dragging the graphic to the channel. 

To rename a channels TFT scribble strip display, simply click on the name (eg. 'Fader I') and enter the required 
name. 

To add more images to the Eyeconix list, select the Add button at the bottom of the left hand list and select the 
required graphic from the resulting pop-up. Supported file formats are:gif,jpeg, tiff, and png-the Eyeconix software 
will automatically resize any picture brought into the remote interface. 

All eyecons are stored in a dedicated folder on the removable flash card in the console. A copy of the eyecons used 
in each Title is stored in the Eyeconix folder inside theTitle folder.This ensures that Project archives will automatically 
include all the eyecons used in that Project. 

To delete a graphic from the list, highlight it and select Delete. Note that if you delete one of the system eyecons 
it will be restored next time you restart your Duality SE. 



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CH 25-4A CH 49-7.3 CH 73-96 


Externals .Atom 


Channels 1 to 24 
















I ' mn 


2 m 

| Snare 


1 m 


[*§ 


5 m 


l*§ 


1 

L971-bafeby-Aacher 

2 

6Z33&91*g_m-l 

AKG Ml E 

Bass Guitar 

■on* 

CarlaBruni 

Cymbal 

D5CN4118 

Duality logo 
Edvard Munclv 
Electric Guitar 
Female Slngar 
Flute 

Grand Piano 
Hi oh Hat 
Kick Drum 
Male Singer 


| Kick Dru | 


|HlghHat | 


|T«nl | 


|To«n2 | 


|t<hii3 [ 




7 E3 

|OHL 


|QHR 


' m 


10 m 


| Grand Pi | 


11 m 


Basj Gui 


E kHc 


Grand Pi 


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"ED 

barana 


is ^^^ 


16 ^^ 


17 ^^^ 


m 


|Temr 5a 


VQ.X 


|BVl | 


|BV2 | 


ESVJ 




18 r^n 


.' :..■.....'■ 


.:..-.. ". 


: /..-.." 






Add | | Delete 


|bv* 


SEt fader name 


Dual ry 


Dualny 


| Duairty 


| Duality 


Dual ry 











Note that systems fitted with LCD scribble strips support a maximum of six characters. Longer names 
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Externals Tab 

This page allows you to rename the Ext A and B sources which will appear on your consoles monitor selection. Up 
to 4 characters are allowed for each of the four external sources A and B. 



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Duality Remote 



About Tab 



The About tab shows the software versions of both the Duality SE console and the Duality Remote software and 
allows the desk clock to be set, and provides links to important pages within the SSL website. 

Clicking on the box underneath the Time and Date legend will sync the Duality SE to the time and date on your 
computer, in order for mixes and total recall setups to be time and date stamped (these are not currently displayed). 



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Software Versions 

Remote, VI. 5/6 
Duality: V3.3/9 



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Time and Date 

Synchronize Duality time and Gate to this computer 





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Block Diagrams 



Section Cdntents 

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Annotated Channel Layout 
Duality Channel Strip block diagram 
Annotated Centre Section Layout 
Duality Master Section Block Diagram 



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